Bío-Bío – Malleco Valley

The Bío-Bío Valley marks the real transition to the deep Chilean south, which used to be considered too southerly for winemaking, even though the Austral Region has recently joined the industry, which is even farther south. The cold weather conditions are propitious for the Burgundy varieties, Chardonnay, and especially Pinot Noir, which are all yielding very promising results. There is also an area to the south of the Biobío River that is suitable for other white varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. The climate around the Bío-Bío is cold and very windy, even in summer, and rainfall reaches up to 1,100 mm annually. The soil is naturally sandy and rocky, and the fluvial, organic deposits make it fertile and fruitful. Malleco, located between the Andes Cordillera and the Nahuelbuta Cordillera, is the smallest and southernmost sub-region, which extends down to 40°. The Malleco Valley has become the home of cool-climate varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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