Known as one of the biggest wine valleys in Chile, Curicó Valley has currently about 25.000 hectares planted with vineyards, with the biggest white varieties cultivation area of the country, prevailing Sauvignon Blanc, and then Chardonnay, Viognier and Riesling. According to the 2013 National Vineyards Cadastre, carried out by SAG, Sauvignon Blanc planted area was doubled in the last decade, going from 6 thousand hectares to 14 thousand. So, it became the second most relevant variety after Cabernet Sauvignon, overcoming País and Merlot varieties. Chile has a total of 120.000 hectares of grapevines, of which 10% or 11% are of Sauvignon Blanc. From this, 50% is concentrated on Maule region, being Curicó Valley the main producer of this white variety, with 3.840 hectares, wjich is equal to a production of almost 60 million liters of wine, mainly destined to foreing markets.
n Curicó Valley there is a wide diversity of soils of volcanic and alluvial origin, with frank and clayish textures, of different content and levels of moisture retention, which also allows choosing the most appropriate soil condition for each variety and so making them express their full potential. The Mediterranean climate of hot days with an adequate sun radiation and also with cold nights, provides the temperature range needed to obtain quality grapes. Similarly, the rainfall of 600mm per year, concentrated mainly in the winter months, creates a vital balance between the plants strength and the healthy grapes production. The extraordinary wine making conditions of the area also allow obtaining a greater diversity of red varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, which has the greatest cultivation area, followed by Merlot, Carmenere, Malbec, Syrah and Pinot Noir, among others.
This is because the privileged location of Curicó Valley allows the vineyards growing over generous and diverse soils in the middle of an exceptional climate, setting which allows obtaining a greater diversity of red and white varieties.