The Maipo Valley is Chile's most well-known wine region and where Chile's first serious wines were made after vine cuttings from Bordeaux where imported during the mid-19th century. Since then, the Maipo Valley has earned a reputation for producing wines that rival those from California. The Maipo Valley is known most for producing fruit-driven and complex reds, especially Cabernet Sauvignon and is capable of making delightful, crisp, fruity whites. Maipo's warm summer days and cool summer nights mimic those of the Napa Valley and its geography shields the vineyards from extreme weather conditions.
Marcelo's expertise in winemaking, combined with the ideal conditions of the Maipo Valley, contribute to Nuevo Mundo's success at producing top quality wines, vintage after vintage. The wines are pure, clean and true to the terroir of the Maipo Valley. View all Nuevo Mundo Wines
Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
Notable FactsThe main regions of Chile include Maipo (pronounced MY-poh), known for reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere; Casablanca Valley, a region producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc, as well as other whites & some reds; Colchaugua, an inland district creating amazing red wines from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly in the Apalta sub-region; and Rapel Valley, settled right under Maipo and producing the same red varietals. A couple of smaller regions to watch include Limari and Elqui, two valleys further north, producing some delicious cool-climate Chardonnay and Bio Bio, an area further south, which is also focused on cool-climate varieties. Chilean wines are growing in exports and more consumers are enjoying the delicious values coming from the country. Red wines of the region, though they cannot be generalized, make the whole gamut of wine quality – quaffable to collectible. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Carmenere are the main players, though Syrah is also making a splash. Some of the best reds are blends of the above varieties. As for whites, Sauvignon Blanc is typically crisp, herbal and racy, while Chardonnay is richer in style with full-bodied texture and tropical fruit flavors.
About South America
Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard