The Central Valley of Chile is also one of the largest wine regions, stretching from the Maipo Valley (just south of Santiago) to the southern end of the Maule Valley. This is a distance of almost 250 miles (400km) and covers a number of different climates, despite Chile's narrow width (roughly 100km).
The Central Valley is composed of four main sub regions; These are: Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule Valley, each of them has rivers that run from the Andes towards the Pacific Ocean.
A wide variety of wines styles and quality can be found in this large area, from different terroirs. The Central Valley is home to a vast variety of grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Carménère, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc.
Chile's Central Valley climate is perfect for viticulture, well known for the great quality and concentration of its wines. The broad day-night temperature differentials, as well as the long, dry and sunny summers, allow the fruit to ripe slowly and express all its varietal character. Water availability is not limited for irrigation. It is provided by the ancient glaciers that gently melt during summer time.