Chilean Wine Regions
Pronunciation Guide: BEE-o BEE-o (Valley); Southern Region (D.O.)
Denomination of Origin: Bío Bío
Region: Southern Regions Sub-Region: Bío Bío
Complementary Areas: Entre-Cordilleras, Andes.
Located 500 km (310 mi) south of Santiago.
Warm days and cold nights make for a long ripening season, but the Bio Bio’s higher rainfall, strong winds, and broader extremes make for more challenging conditions than those of Chile’s more northerly regions. Winegrowing here requires more patience, skill, and nerve than in other valleys, but a daring few have taken the plunge and invested in new plantations of cool-climate varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. Early results show their efforts paying off in exciting wines with naturally fresh acidity.
Moderate Mediterranean climate. 1,275 mm (50.2 in) of rain per year. Average rainfall is among highest of all Chilean wine valleys, although winds prevent humidity. Conditions similar to northern France.
Soils: Alluvial soils, clay and sand.
Terrific Results: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.
145 ha (359 acres)
158 ha (390 acres)
Moscatel de Alexandria
142 ha (351 acres)
1,148 ha (2837 acres)