Chilean Wine Regions
Pronunciation Guide: lee-ma-REE (Valley); ko-KIM-bo (D.O.)
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.
260 ha (643 acres)
55 ha (136 acres)
93 ha (230 acres)
291 ha (719 acres)
168 ha (415 acres)
544 ha (1344 acres)
72 ha (178 acres)