Curicó Valley

Due to its high concentration of vineyards, the Curicó valley is considered – along with the Maule valley – as the true center of gravity of Chilean winegrowing. It is divided into the Teno river valley and Lontué river valley zones. Both have an important concentration of vineyards and extend towards the foothills of the Andes.

Curicó Valley

There is a predominantly temperate Mediterranean climate with dry periods of five months between November and March and average temperatures of 20°C with maximums that reach 30°C. In the valley’s coldest sectors, conditions are optimal for white varieties, notably Sauvignon Blanc (3,773ha) – the largest area in Chile – and Chardonnay (1,523ha), surpassed only by the plantations in the Casablanca valley. Average annual rainfall in both valleys exceeds 700mm.

The main red varieties cultivated in the Curicó valley are Cabernet Sauvignon (6,495ha), Merlot (3,575 ha), Carménère (652há) and Pinot Noir (204ha).

Location

200 Kilometers.  ( 124.2 miles) south of Santiago.

Surface

19,339 ha.

Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carménère, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Average annual temperature

14 ºC (57 ºF).

Average annual rainfall

700 mm.