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Maule

The wine growing area Valle de Maule (Maule Valley) is around 250 kilometers south of the capital Santiago in Chile, Together with the three areas Maipo. Rapel and Curicó As the southernmost part of it, it forms the huge Valle Central region. It is divided into the subareas Claro, Loncomilla and Tutuvén and extends from the coastal Cordilleras, which are influenced by the climate of the Pacific Ocean, and the very hot valley floor to the foothills of the Andes in the east. With around 30,000 hectares of vineyards, it is the largest wine growing area in Chile. Spanish immigrants were already growing wine here in the 16th century. The cool climate is tempered by the Río Maule, which flows through the area from east to west. There are volcanic soils with alluvial land, sand, clay and gravel. In the dry and hot summers is artificial irrigation necessary. The cool nights are conducive to viticulture.

Around three-quarters of red wine varieties such as above all Cabernet Sauvignon (around 50% of the total area), Merlot. Carmenère. Syrah. Pinot Noir, Carignan Noir ( mazuelo ) with partly ancient and ungrafted Vines, Malbec ( Cot ) and País / Mission / Negra Antigua ( Listán Prieto ), and a quarter of the white wines Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grown. Up until the mid-1990s, simple, quick-to-consume were available here Schank wines generated. From then on, new, quality-enhancing technologies were used. Many wineries operate certified Organic (organic) viticulture, Well-known producers are Balduzzi, Botalcura, Carta Vieja. Concha y Toro Rocahue Santa Rita. Terra Noble, Viña Calina u. Viñedos Julio Bouchon.

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