Introduction to ChileanWinesJane Nisbet HusebyChief Editor Wine Source ChileVisit www.winesourcechile.com
Chile: Land of Diversity & Quality
Chile: A country of climatic extremes
Close to the mountains and close to the sea”- Never further than 2 hours from each other
How the proximity of the mountains andsea effects the winesPacific Ocean Andes Mountain RangeWhile the sun matures the gra...
How does this differ from say Italy,France or Spain?1.  High diurnal temperature difference(day and night temperature)Why?...
A wine production area longer than thelength of ItalyArea: 756,950 sq.kmLength: 4,270 km (wine area: 1,287 km)Width: 356 k...
Los AngelesElqui ValleyLimarí ValleyChoapa ValleyAconcagua ValleyMaipo ValleyCasablanca ValleySan Antonio ValleyCachapoal ...
Chile: Varieties that love Chile!Cabernet SauvignonCarmenerePetit VerdotSemillionViognierCarignanCabernet FrancSauvignon B...
Healthy Soils offer excellent organicproduction possibilities•  FREE from phylloxera•  Excellent conditions for organic an...
A wide range of Soil types•  Alluvial soils with glacial deposits•  Old river beds•  Granite soils•  Limestone and calcero...
Chile: Re-exploring the mapTo the North and East of SantiagoElqui: syrah on granite and quartz at 2000 m.Unique clarity of...
Chile: Re-exploring the mapNear Santiago and to the SouthMaipo: alluvial soils and old river beds – classic forCabernet Sa...
Thank you!Learn more about Chilean wines andvineyards, and follow my wine reviews!www.winesourcechile.comWine Source Chile...
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Introduction to Chile: A guide to climate and wines

  1. 1. Introduction to ChileanWinesJane Nisbet HusebyChief Editor Wine Source ChileVisit www.winesourcechile.com
  2. 2. Chile: Land of Diversity & Quality
  3. 3. Chile: A country of climatic extremes
  4. 4. Close to the mountains and close to the sea”- Never further than 2 hours from each other
  5. 5. How the proximity of the mountains andsea effects the winesPacific Ocean Andes Mountain RangeWhile the sun matures the grapes, the coolness maintains the acidity in the grapeswhich is essential to maintain the freshness (juiciness) and character of the wines.
  6. 6. How does this differ from say Italy,France or Spain?1.  High diurnal temperature difference(day and night temperature)Why?•  Closeness to the highmountains•  Closeness to the sea2.  Intensity of the sunlight andclearness of the skies3.  Very rare to have any rain at all in thegrowing season, therefore irrigationis essential*The “Mediterranean” Climate of ChileChile has a mediterranean climate: cold, wet winters, followed by long drysummers with glorious sunshine
  7. 7. A wine production area longer than thelength of ItalyArea: 756,950 sq.kmLength: 4,270 km (wine area: 1,287 km)Width: 356 kmArea: 301,230 sq.kmLength: 1,185 kmWidth: 381 kmArea: 337,030 sq.kmLength: 1,160 kmWidth: 356 kmNorway is the longest country in Europe: 1,752 km(Maps from www.mapsofworld.com)
  8. 8. Los AngelesElqui ValleyLimarí ValleyChoapa ValleyAconcagua ValleyMaipo ValleyCasablanca ValleySan Antonio ValleyCachapoal ValleyTalcaCuricóSanta CruzSan AntonioValparaísoSan FelipeLa SerenaRancaguaSANTIAGOChillánAngolConcepciónCuricó ValleyMaule ValleyItata ValleyColchagua ValleyBío Bío ValleyMalleco ValleyElqui RiverLimarí RiverChoapa RiverIllapel RiverAconcagua RiverMaipo RiverCachapoal RiverTinguiririca RiverMataquito RiverTeno RiverLontué RiverMaule RiverItata RiverBío Bío RiverBío Bío RiverARGENTINAPACIFIC OCEANARGENTINARapel RiverChile: Land of Diversity- 1287 km of wine growing area (30% of total length of country)Elqui ValleyLimarí ValleyChoapa ValleyAconcagua ValleyMaipo ValleyCasablanca ValleySan Antonio ValleyCachapoal ValleyCuricóSanta CruzSan AntonioValparaísoSan FelipeLa SerenaRancaguaSANTIAGOCuricó ValleyColchagua ValleyElqui RiverLimarí RiverChoapa RiverIllapel RiverAconcagua RiverMaipo RiverCachapoal RiverTinguiririca RiverMataquito RiverTeno RiverARGENTINAPACIFIC OCEANRapel RiverLos AngelesElqui ValleyLimarí ValleyChoapa ValleyAconcagua ValleyMaipo ValleyCasablanca ValleySan Antonio ValleyCachapoal ValleyTalcaCuricóSanta CruzSan AntonioValparaísoSan FelipeLa SerenaRancaguaSANTIAGOChillánAngolConcepciónCuricó ValleyMaule ValleyItata ValleyColchagua ValleyBío Bío ValleyMalleco ValleyElqui RiverLimarí RiverChoapa RiverIllapel RiverAconcagua RiverMaipo RiverCachapoal RiverTinguiririca RiverMataquito RiverTeno RiverLontué RiverMaule RiverItata RiverBío Bío RiverBío Bío RiverARGENTINAPACIFIC OCEANARGENTINARapel RiverSource: Wines of Chile
  9. 9. Chile: Varieties that love Chile!Cabernet SauvignonCarmenerePetit VerdotSemillionViognierCarignanCabernet FrancSauvignon BlancChardonnayRieslingPinot NoirSyrahCool coastal ornear mountainsWarmer areas
  10. 10. Healthy Soils offer excellent organicproduction possibilities•  FREE from phylloxera•  Excellent conditions for organic and biodynamic management
  11. 11. A wide range of Soil types•  Alluvial soils with glacial deposits•  Old river beds•  Granite soils•  Limestone and calcerous soils•  Limestone and clay•  Volcanic soils
  12. 12. Chile: Re-exploring the mapTo the North and East of SantiagoElqui: syrah on granite and quartz at 2000 m.Unique clarity of air and sunlightLimari: Chardonnay on calcerous soilsPinot Noir on Limestone, SyrahAconcagua: Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignonand Petit Verdot (alluvial and colluvial with highstone conent) Aconcagua costal areas arebeing developed for white varietiesCasablanca: known for whites, in particularChardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and someSyrah. 4 distinctive terroir zones. SauvignonBlanc looking promsing from the coolest zone.San Antonio/Leyda: calcerous soils,Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling andPinot NoirElqui ValleyLimarí ValleyChoapa ValleyAconcagua ValleyMaipo ValleyCasablanca ValleySan Antonio ValleyCachapoal ValleySan AntonioValparaísoSan FelipeLa SerenaRancaguaSANTIAGOElqui RiverLimarí RiverChoapa RiverIllapel RiverAconcagua RiverMaipo RiverCachapoal RiverARGENTINAPACIFIC OCEANRapel RiverSpecific areas and valleys are emerging with outstanding qualities of winesand varieties
  13. 13. Chile: Re-exploring the mapNear Santiago and to the SouthMaipo: alluvial soils and old river beds – classic forCabernet Sauvignon. Syrah planted on slopesCachapoal: Carmenere, Cabernet sauvignon, (andCabernet Franc). Carmenere exceptional oncolluvial/alluvial soils near the river.Colchagua: Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon,Syrah on slopes, Pinot Noir in cooler areas. Costacolchagua showing promising results for white wines.Curico: Old vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere.Costal areas showing some promising results forwhite winesMaule: Carignan (VIGNO), Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon.Bio Bio: Riesling and aromatic white wines, PinotNoir. Late harvet wines.Los AngelesAconcagua ValleyMaipo ValleyCasablanca ValleySan Antonio ValleyCachapoal ValleyTalcaCuricóSanta CruzSan AntonioValparaísoSan FelipeRancaguaSANTIAGOChillánAngolConcepciónCuricó ValleyMaule ValleyItata ValleyColchagua ValleyBío Bío ValleyMalleco ValleyChoapa RiverIllapel RiverAconcagua RiverMaipo RiverCachapoal RiverTinguiririca RiverMataquito RiverTeno RiverLontué RiverMaule RiverItata RiverBío Bío RiverBío Bío RiverARGENTINAPACIFIC OCEANARGENTINARapel River
  14. 14. Thank you!Learn more about Chilean wines andvineyards, and follow my wine reviews!www.winesourcechile.comWine Source Chilejanenisbethuseby@winesourcechile

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