D.O.: Central Valley / Rapel
Just south of Santiago, the Rapel Valley is Chile’s agricultural heartland and further divided into two winegrowing sectors. Cachapoal, the northernmost, is known primarily for red grapes. Cachapoal Alto stretches eastward into the Andean foothills and produces elegant, well-balanced Cabernets and red blends. Farther west toward the Coastal Mountains, the Peumo sector receives just enough cool maritime influence to create a warm, but not hot climate ideal for the area’s renowned, full-bodied, fruit-forward Carmenere.
Pronunciation Guide: kah-cha-po-AL (Valley); ra-PEL Valley/ Central Valley (D.O.)
Total hectares planted: 10,889