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Itata

The wine growing area Valle de Itata (Itata Valley) is 400 kilometers south of the capital Santiago and 50 kilometers east of Concepción in Chile, Together with the areas Bío-Bío and Malleco, the northernmost of which, forms the Valle Sur region. It is crossed by the Itata and Ñuble rivers. The climate is characterized by cool and windy summers and rainy winters. The vineyards cover around 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 northern areas, sufficient precipitation does not make it artificial irrigation required.

Winegrowing was practiced here in the early colonial period by Spanish immigrants in the 16th century and wines were produced for the whole country from the traditional varieties. Due to the introduction of French vines and their cultivation in warmer areas with better wine quality, the area was forgotten. It was only in the late 1990s that it started to produce better qualities, mainly from international varieties, in addition to simple bulk wines Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to produce. Well-known producers are Casas de Giner, Tierras de Arrau, Tierra y Fuego and Viñedos del Larqui.

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