Chilean Wine Regions
Pronunciation Guide: kah-cha-po-AL (Valley); ra-PEL Valley/ Central Valley (D.O.)
Denomination of Origin: Cachapoal
Region: Central Valley Sub-Region: Rapel Zone: Cachapoal
Complementary Areas: Entre-Cordilleras, Andes
Located 85 km (53 mi) south of Santiago, the Rapel Valley is Chile’s agricultural heartland and further divided into two winegrowing sectors. Cachapoal, the northernmost, is known primarily for red grapes. Cachapoal Alto stretches eastward into the Andean foothills and produces elegant, well-balanced Cabernets and red blends. Farther west toward the Coastal Mountains, the Peumo sector receives just enough cool maritime influence to create a warm, but not hot climate ideal for the area’s renowned, full-bodied, fruit-forward Carmenere.
Mediterranean climate. 340 mm (13.4 in) of rain per year.
Soils: Gravel and sandy soils to the east. Clay to the west.
Terrific Results: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Carmenere.
3,865 ha (9551 acres)
1,513 ha (3739 acres)
1,588 ha (3924 acres)
715 ha (1767 acres)
634 ha (1567 acres)
847 ha (2093 acres)