Chile - Maipo
Maipo Valley, a region within Chile’s Valle Central, closest wine region to the city of Santiago, with vineyards stretching eastward towards the Andes and westward to the coast to form three areas: ‘Alto Maipo’ home to some of Chile’s best Cabernets, ‘Central Maipo’ is one of the country’s oldest and most diverse regions, ‘Coastal Maipo’ is a relative newcomer, which benefits from the cool maritime influence.
The valley has 3000 ha of vineyards, more than half of which are dedicated to producing Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet blends. It is a historic wine-producing region and the birthplace of the Chilean wine industry, with vines growing there for the past 150 years.
The soils range from sandy and gravel to the east, more clay to the west and the climate is mainly Mediterranean with an average of 12.4” annual rainfall.