Great Valleys, Outstanding wines
The great Central Valley, integrated by the Curicó and Maule Valleys, where a mild Mediterranean – type climate and varied soils offer superb conditions foe growing numerous varieties of the same noble grapes that are cultivated in Europe. The narrow Central Valley lies between the snow-capped Andes and the cold coastal currents of the South Pacific. Dry summers with radiant days and cool nights help grapes attain their maximum potential for color, aroma and flavor.
Our main producers vineyards in the Lontue River watershed, part of the Curicó Valley, which has burgeoned since the 1970s into a prestigious producer of internationally recognized wines. The vineyard is 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the Pacific and 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the Andes. The influence of the ocean and the mountains results in the markedly lower night temperatures that high-quality grapes require. This day-night temperature fluctuation has a positive effect on the development and maturation of aromas and polyphenols in our grapes. Although the summer sunshine is intense, cool afternoon breezes from the ocean contribute to the gradual maturing process that gives grapes the best color and fragrance.
Because of the Maule Valley is farther south than the Curicó Valley, and because our vineyards are closer to the Andes, the climate is cooler and rainier in the winter and summers are less intense. The rocky alluvial soils are relatively shallow, composed of loam and clay. These conditions enable our viticulturists to craft excellent, aroma- driven white wines as well as red wines moderate alcohol content and exceptional intensity.