The wine-growing area Valle de Maule (Maule Valley) is located about 250 kilometers south of the capital Santiago in Chile, Together with the three areas Maipo. Rapel and Curicó it forms as the southernmost part of it the huge region Valle Central. It is subdivided into the subregions Claro, Loncomilla and Tutuvén and extends from the climatically influenced coastal Cordilleras and the heat-affected valley bottom to the foothills of the Andes in the east. With about 30,000 hectares of vineyards is the largest wine-growing area in Chile. Already in the 16th century Spanish immigrants cultivated wine here. The cool climate is tempered by the Río Maule, which flows through the area from east to west. It dominates volcanic soils with alluvial soil, sand, clay and gravel. In the dry and hot summers is artificial irrigation necessary. The cool nights are conducive to viticulture.
There are about three quarters of red wines 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 ), as well as a quarter of the white wine varieties Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grown. Until the mid-1990s here were simple, fast to consume 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.