Chilean Wine Regions
Pronunciation Guide: cho-AH-pa (Valley); ko-KIM-bo (D.O.)
Denomination of Origin: Choapa
Region: Coquimbo Sub-Region: Choapa
Complementary Area: Andes
Located 400 km (250 mi) north of Santiago at Chile’s narrowest point, where there is no distinction between the Andes and the Coastal Mountains. This small valley consists of two sectors, Illapel and Salamanca. Neither have wineries in place as yet, but vineyards planted on rocky piedmont soils are producing limited quantities of high quality Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with high acidity and low pH.
Desert-like climate. 100 mm (4.5 in) of rain per year. High luminosity.
Soils: clay, silt, and chalk.
Terrific results: Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
36 ha (89 acres)
60 ha (148 acres)