Wines of Southern Chile – Itata Valley Wines
August 2, 2011 § 2 Comments
The northernmost valley of Chile’s southern wine region is located 400 km south of Santiago. This is one of the traditional wine regions of Chile and was originally planted
during colonial times. Originally the grapes from Itata produced a bulk table wine. However since 1993 the government of Chile hass been working with local vineyards to enhance the areas wine traditions.
The Itata Valley is noted for its Mediterranean weather, cool and windy summer days and rainy winters. The soils are sandy and rich in minerals. Here vintages are produced in two stages white grapes have the early harvest from the end of February to mid-March (the end of summer). While red grapes are harvested in late summer to early fall (mid-March to the end of April).
The Itata Valley produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot, Tintorera, Simillon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc among others. The regions focus of late has been on organic production and high quality standards. The Itata Valley Wineries are popular with tourists.
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