Maule Valley, Chile

Chile's Largest, Oldest, Most Diverse Wine Region

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This sometimes-overlooked valley has been producing great Chilean wine longer than most other areas of the country. Many of its wineries are certified organic, and the sustainability  of the wine-making process is a central focus. The Maule Valley incorporates the Río Claro Valley, Loncomilla Valley and Tutuvén subregions. Tutuvén is known for its traditional cultivation of grapes using only rain water. The valley has a rich viticultural tradition and is home to many long-standing, family-run vineyards as well as new, innovative wineries crafting some exciting new wines. WHEN TO GO AND FOR HOW LONG? Most wineries offer tours year-round, but the best time to visit is November-April. Harvests begin in early March and...

This sometimes-overlooked valley has been producing great Chilean wine longer than most other areas of the country. Many of its wineries are certified organic, and the sustainability  of the wine-making process is a central focus. The Maule Valley incorporates the Río Claro Valley, Loncomilla Valley and Tutuvén subregions.

Tutuvén is known for its traditional cultivation of grapes using only rain water. The valley has a rich viticultural tradition and is home to many long-standing, family-run vineyards as well as new, innovative wineries crafting some exciting new wines.

WHEN TO GO AND FOR HOW LONG?

Most wineries offer tours year-round, but the best time to visit is November-April. Harvests begin in early March and last through May.

Given that Maule is about a three hour drive south of Santiago, the best way to experience the valley is to stay a few nights. This allows time for visitors to explore vineyards on foot, bike, or horseback, for example, as well as experience the rich traditions and warm hospitality of the region.

WHERE TO GO? 

  • The Maule Valley sits between the Andes Mountains and Chile’s coastal mountains, making it a destination known for its natural beauty and rural charm in addition to its fame as a producer of excellent wine. In addition to visiting wineries, there are ample opportunities to enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and even skiing (in winter, of course). 
  • The most popular wines in Maule include Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Merlot and Malbec. However, Carménère is often thought of as the characteristic wine of this region. Carignan is an old grape which has recently been capturing attention and gaining popularity among winemakers and connoisseurs. The style of winery ranges from old, family-owned operations, to new pioneering wineries.

DON'T MISS

  • A visit to the J. Bouchon winery and overnight stay at the owner’s private family estate, a traditional-style hacienda
  • Bike rides or horseback tours through the vineyards
  • The “Noche del Carmenére” celebrated on the second Saturday in November, where local winemakers gather to choose the Carmenére of the year

 

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Balduzzi

Balduzzi
Enjoy premium wines of Chile at this boutique winery

Balduzzi is a family-run Chilean winery where the production of premium wines is their main agenda. Each member of the family is a strong believer in preserving the winemaking tradition and works responsibly to ensure that the wine they export across the world is the very best it can be....

Highlights

  • Wine tasting
  • Medium family winery
  • Wine tour
  • Barrel cellar
  • Centenary park
  • Colonial Manor

 Av. Balmaceda 1189, San Javier Región de Maule
+56 73 232 2138

Gillmore

Gillmore
Family winery & boutique hotel in the Maule Valley

The Gillmore winery in the Loncomilla Valley in Chile’s Maule Region offers a warm welcome to all guests who stop by for a visit.This family-run winery was opened in 1990 by Daniella Gillmore and her husband Andres Sanchez, who is also the winemaker. The couple welcome guests into...

Highlights

  • High quality wines
  • Great terroir
  • Dry farmed
  • Luxury accommodation
  • First-class restaurant

 Camino a constitucion km 20, San Javier, 3660000
+56 996450851

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Our choice of restaurants

J. Bouchon Guest House - Maule Valley $$$

Guests at J. Bouchon Guest House enjoy home-cooked meals featuring traditional Chilean recipes and local ingredients. Meals are served in...

  Mingre Km 30 Camino a Constitución, San Javier, Chile
  +56 73 197 27 08

 Website

Miguel Torres Restaurant - Maule Valley $$

Surrounded by the vineyard, the restaurant at Miguel Torres nearby Curicó Valley offers delicious dishes combined perfectly with the...

  Panamericana Sur Km. 195, Curicó, Chile
  +56 (75) 564110

 Website

GRAPE VARIETIES

The Maule Valley is quite diverse and known primarily for red varieties, including: Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Carménère. 

CLIMATE

The Maule Valley is located between the Andes and Chile’s coastal mountain range. This creates a Mediterranean climate with roughly 735 mm (28.9 in) of rainfall each year.

SOIL

Given the size of the valley, the different areas of the Maule valley have varying soil compositions. In general, the soil is a mix of alluvial soils, clay, and sand.

How to get there

The Maule Valley is located 250 km (155 mi) south of Santiago and is the largest wine valley in the country. The best way to get there is from Santiago. Public transportation is not readily available. It is not recommended to do a self-drive tour with a rental car given Chile’s strict laws regarding driving under the influence of alcohol and because the wineries in Maule are often off main roads and can be difficult to find if one is not familiar with the area. For these reasons, we highly recommend leaving the details to a private tour company.

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