Chilean Wine Regions

Info Map
 

Limarí Valley
Pronunciation Guide: lee-ma-REE (Valley); ko-KIM-bo (D.O.)

0201

Denomination of Origin: Limarí Valley
Region: Coquimbo  Sub-Region: Limarí
Complementary Areas: Costa, Entre-Cordilleras, Andes

Located 470 km (290 mi) north of Santiago is both an old and new wine region. Vines were first planted in the mid-16th century, but new technology has led terroir-hunting winemakers to take a fresh look at this curious territory.The Pacific Ocean’s cooling Camanchaca fog creeps into the valley from the west each morning and retreats as the sun rises over the Andes and bathes the vines in pure light in the afternoon. With less than 4 inches of rainfall per year, drip irrigation allows the vines to flourish as their roots dig deep into the mineral-rich soil. The combination creates fresh wines with a distinct mineral edge.

Desert-like climate: 95 mm (4 in) of rain per year. Semi-arid region with cool coastal influences and good minerality in the soil.

Soils: clay, silt, and chalk.

Terrific results: cool-climate Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh wines with a distinct mineral edge.

Hectares Planted

Cabernet Sauvignon

260 ha (643 acres)

Merlot

55 ha (136 acres)

Carménère

93 ha (230 acres)

Syrah

291 ha (719 acres)

Sauvignon Blanc

168 ha (415 acres)

Chardonnay

544 ha (1344 acres)

Pinot Noir

72 ha (178 acres)

 

Total Hectares planted: 1483 ha (3665 acres)

 

Limarí Valley