Each wine producer try to stablish a noticeable difference in the products of each sub-region while preserving their quality, and most recently Michael Cox, director of Wines of Chile stated: “Although both trade and consumers are clinging to regionalism in Chile, I am convinced that we must move forward to discuss Chilean diversity and different terroirs.”
Some of the most interesting regions in Chilean wine are next:
- Guasco: This region has a sunny climate and therefore the fruit tends to ripen earlier than in other regions of the country. Here you can find Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah in its valley, which is also known as an olive-growing area .
- Elqui: This region has a cold but sunny climate, ideal for growing Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. Vineyards here are close to Atamaca desert.
- Limarí: Thanks to the limestone and granite Limarí produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah with a very mineral taste, in a sub-region called Quebrada Seca. Cox has said that there are great terroirs for Chardonnay there.
- Aconcagua: In this cold climate region Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Syrah grow. All the wine product of these crops have reached the level of the best wines both in France and Italy.
- Leyda: It is a cold region with granite and limestone soils in which you can mostly find Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. However, sometimes the maturity of the grapes can be problematic because of the weather.
- Colchagua: This region is Apalta, producing excellent wines like Clos Apalta, Montes Vascos and Los Angles – Santa Rita, producing mostly red wines. Colchagua also has subregions as Walls, Rhone and Lolol, in the latter there significant planting belonging to Bordeaux Lurton family.
- Maule-Cauquenes: This region is cooler than the northern regions of Chile but has frequent annual rainfalls. It is famous for its Cariñena, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Pavement.
- Bio Bio: This region has the most European-like climate. Its soils are granite, schist and quartz ideal for growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling, the weather is quite cold.
- Malleco: With cold and humid climate ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, South of Bío Bío begins to be a region with a promising future
- Temuco and Lago Ranco: about this region, Cox said in a somewhat premature, that it has a chance of producing good sparkling.
Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 375ml 2009
Secreto Malbec 2010