Chilean Wine Regions
Pronunciation Guide: MOW-lay (Valley); Central Valley (D.O.)
Denomination of Origin: Maule
Region: Central Valley Sub-Region: Maule Includes Zones: Claro, Loncomilla, Tutuvén
Complementary Areas: Entre Cordilleras, Andes
Located 250 km (155 mi) south of Santiago, this traditional and long overlooked wine valley—the largest and one of the oldest—has attracted renewed and much-deserved attention of late. Old-bush, dry-farmed vineyards that predate the memories of those who tend them now produce exciting, naturally balanced field blends of Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and other yet to be identified varieties. Newer plantations include Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Carmenere with bright acidity and juicy fruit.
Many hectares growing organically; many have been certified for decades.
Mediterranean climate. 735 mm (28.9 in) of rain per year.
Soils: Alluvial soils, clay and sand.
Terrific Results: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, and old-vine Carignan.
14,475 ha (35769 acres)
2,137 ha (5281 acres)
2,045 ha (5053 acres)
1,182 ha (2921 acres)
2,838 ha (7013 acres)
4,631 ha (11443 acres)
380 ha (939 acres)
3,364 ha (8313 acres)
377 ha (932 acres)