Aconcagua


General: Aconcagua Valley is situated only 80km North-West of Santiago, it has a beautiful rugged landscape, with an interesting diversity of micro-climates and soil types. It is particularly well known for it’s white wines.

It is a coastal valley, located 18 Km from the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by the coastal range. This setting is ideal, especially for white grapes which ripen slowly. Because of this, nearly three quarters of the valley is dedicated to Chardonnay.

Climate: Experiences cold weather climates from the maritime influence, morning fog and a wide temperature range between day and night favor the slow ripening of the grapes.

The mornings witness fog and then at midday the sea breeze comes through. So it is common for a normal Spring day in the valley to be very cloudy in the morning and then slowly cleared as the temperature increases and the mist appears. This influx of cold is due to the Humboldt Current which comes of the Chilean coast from the Pacific Ocean.

The valley receives about 500 mm of rain per year, mainly concentrated between May and October and is dry from November to April. The effect of the marine currents affect the subzones in different ways creating a marked difference in the maturation period for each subzone.

Soils: Alluvial, medium quality, shallow. The soils here naturally contain clay and are rich in decomposed minerals.

Varietals (hectares):

  • Chardonnay (2.269)
  • Sauvignon Blanc (1.932)
  • Pinot Noir (710)
  • Merlot (397)
  • Syrah (108)
  • Gewurztraminer (65)
  • Viognier (48)

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