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Itata

The wine-growing area Valle de Itata (Itata Valley) is located 400 kilometers south of the capital Santiago and 50 kilometers east of Concepción in Chile, Together with the areas Bío-Bío and Malleco he forms as the northernmost of the Valle Sur region. He is crossed by the two rivers Itata and Ñuble. The climate is characterized by cool and windy summers and rainy winters. The vineyards cover about 10,000 hectares of vineyards on sandy, mineral-rich and productive soils. They are mainly made with the two traditional varieties Moscatel de Alejandría ( Muscat d'Alexandrie ) and País ( Listán Prieto ) planted. In contrast to the more northerly areas is by sufficient rainfall no artificial irrigation required.

Here, in the early colonial period, Spanish immigrants in the 16th century operated wine and produced from the traditional varieties of wines for the whole country. With the introduction of French vines and their cultivation in warmer areas with better wine quality, the area was forgotten. Only since the end of the 1990s has it begun, in addition to the simple mass wines, also better qualities mainly from the international varieties Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to produce. Well-known producers are Casas de Giner, Tierra de Arrau, Tierra y Fuego and Viñedos del Larqui.

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