Chilean Wine Regions
Pronunciation Guide: kur-ee-KOH (Valley); Central Valley (D.O.)
Denomination of Origin: Curicó
Region: Central Valley Sub-Region: Curicó Includes zones: Teno, Lontué
Complementary Areas: Entre-Cordilleras, Andes
Located 200 kms south of Santiago.
Diversity is king in Curicó, where more than 30 varieties of wine grapes have grown since the mid-1800s, and winegrowing is its primary industry.
Curicó’s modern winemaking history began when Spanish producer Miguel Torres began his first New World endeavor here in the 1970s and opened the doors to a wave of foreign investment in Chile’s New World wine paradise.
Shielded from the ocean influence by a coastal range of hills, but ideal climate for both big-shouldered reds and fresh Sauvignon Blancs.
Mediterranean climate. 650mm/27.4 in of rain per year.
Soils: clay, sand, decomposed granite.
Terrific Results: Cabernet, Carménère, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc.
3,848 ha (9509 acres)
1,628 ha (4023 acres)
944 ha (2333 acres)
3,221 ha (7959 acres)
1,090 ha (2693 acres)
532 ha (1315 acres)