Curicó

General: Approximately 220 km South of Santiago, Curicó is the second largest wine producing valley. It also has a long history as a wine producing region, beginning in the 1800′s. As well as its long tradition Curicó Valley is also an example of the technological modernization of the Chilean wine industry. This began in the early eighties when the Spanish winemaker Miguel Torres became the first in Chile to store his wine in stainless steel tanks.

Climatic conditions allow the cultivation of a wide range of grapes, with Curicó valley being the largest white wine grape growing area in Chile.

The white wines are characterized by their freshness and high natural acidity, whilst the reds wines are noted for their elegance, many of the vines planted here are over 50 years old.

Soils: The soils in this valley are flat, stony, weathered, rich in minerals and have good permeability (well drained). In the higher zones, soils are dominated by sand and stones.

Climate: This area is known for hot and dry days in summer with an average temperature between 20-30ºC and good luminosity and cold-humid nights. The winters fall under the influence of a high pressure zone from the Pacific Ocean, which translates into approximately 702 mm rainfall annually. It is common to find fog each morning throughout the vineyards of this valley.

It does not experience the maritime climate, because the altitude of the coastal mountain blocks the entrance of the coastal breezes, however from this valley to the south the risk of frost is becoming greater than 40% so vineyards must take precautions.

Varietals (hectares):

  • Cabernet Sauvignon (3.822)
  • Sauvignon Blanc (3.351)
  • Merlot (1.518)
  • Chardonnay (1.110)
  • Carménère (949)
  • Syrah (321)
  • Pinot Noir (307)

 

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