Chilean Wine Regions
Pronunciation Guide: kohl-CHA-gwa (Valley); ra-PEL Valley / Central Valley (D.O.)
Denomination of Origin: Colchagua
Region: Central Valley Sub-Region: Rapel Zone: Colchagua
Complementary Areas: Costa, Entre-Cordilleras, Andes
Located 180 km (110 mi) south of Santiago, the southernmost portion of the Rapel Valley is one of Chile’s best known wine regions and has earned much applause for its full-bodied Cabernet, Carménère, Syrah, and Malbec, and its wines regularly appear high on the world’s lists of leading wines. The majority of the wineries are concentrated in the center of the valley, although new plantations climb hillsides and explore the western frontier toward the sea.
Home to the ‘huaso’ (Chilean cowboys). One of Chile’s best-known regions for premium quality red varieties. Named “World’s Best Wine Region 2005” by Wine Enthusiast.
Mediterranean climate. 592 mm (23.2 in) of rain per year.
Soils: clay, sand, decomposed granite.
Terrific Results: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Syrah, and Malbec.
11,117 ha (27471 acres)
2,953 ha (7297 acres)
3,120 ha (7710 acres)
1,984 ha (4903 acres)
1,263 ha (3121 acres)
1,845 ha (4559 acres)
Malbec / Cot
559 ha (1381 acres)
508 ha (1255 acres)
335 ha (828 acres)