Itata Valley

The Itata Valley, with over 500 years of history, is one of the country’s oldest wine-growing regions and whose name means “abundant grazing” in Mapudungun. This is because it was the Mapuche people who inhabited this place before the arrival of the conquistadors. It is geographically located in the Bío-Bío Region in the Province of Ñuble. It features a humid Mediterranean climate, with lower temperatures than in other valleys, and with very distinct seasons, clay and granite soils rich in minerals that enable great productivity and facilitate growth of traditional varieties such as Pais and Muscat of Alexandria, which predominate in the region. At present, the wineries are trying to bring back this old, forgotten viticulture legacy by planting fine varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Merlot, Tintórera, Semillón, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, among others, with their eyes set on organic production and high quality standards.

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