The Wine Regions of Chile


Cachapoal Valley

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

Hectares Planted

Cabernet Sauvignon | 4739

Merlot | 1843

Carménère | 860

Syrah | 396

Sauvignon Blanc | 607

Chardonnay | 596

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