Aconcagua shines amongst the wine-producing regions in Chile. Its tall mountain snow-capped peak makes a beautiful scene for tourists as the mountain towers over its neighboring valleys. There was a long argument about growing wine grapes in this area in the past, but this didn’t stop Don Maximiano Errazuriz from growing his first ever grape vines in the area. It appeared that the Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot varieties planted in this area grew in perfect condition. Thus, producing quality fine wines had killed all opinions about the disadvantage of planting vines in that area.
Located in the North and West of Santiago, Aconcagua is divided into a few sub-regions with two major areas responsible for wine production in the region. The Aconcagua Valley lies in the inner northern part of Chile where the hottest growing area is found. The area’s scanty soil and climate conditions suit red wines very well. It is in this appellation that Chile’s best red wines are produced. Because of Aconcagua Valley’s near location to the river and following its course, it brings melted snow water down from the Andean mountains and moistens the vines. The Valley’s landscape complements the climate condition, thus, making it conducive for growing quality wine grapes.
While the sun seems to heat up the land in the afternoon, the east coasts hot air rises rapidly, vacuuming Pacific Ocean’s cooler breeze to the west. The daily breeze controls the high temperature in the valley, helping reduce vine maladies. Also, contributing to maintain this effect is the Antarctic “Humboldt Current”that flows towards Chile’s west coast.
Casablanca Valley was once considered a newbie in wine growing and production in Chile as compared to its neighboring Valleys. It was in the mid 1980s that the valley ranked itself in the history of Chile’s wine making industry. This was the region’s first cool-climate coastal area that has been largely producing Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc varieties. The region also went a notch higher by producing classic, vintage wines such as Pinot Noir and Merlot. The climate condition allows them to produce high-class and crisp white wines that are hitting a global phenomenon. One of the main wineries in this area is Casas del Bosque, having numerous hectares to grow white wine grapes and a few reds while making use of the perfect weather on the terroir.
Probably the biggest winery and vineyard found in Aconcagua is the Errazuriz. Founded by Don Maximiano Errazuriz, it proved to be one of the biggest wine producers in the region. He said, “From the best land, the best wine.”Truly enough, the estate winery ViÃ±a Errazuriz tries hard to produce the best wines they could ever create by taking control in every aspect of the wine making, from growing the grapes down until the last process of producing top-class wines.
The wines that come from the many wine-producing regions in Chile have become the country’s pride. The richness of the terroir and the suitable climate condition make a good combination in growing world-class wine grapes in the region, something that is not new to Chilean winemakers.
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