The Itata Valley

Upon entering the coastal Cordillera, before joining the Pacific Ocean, the rivers Itata and Ñuble are merging and becoming one. Two torrents on their long journey, have left a lush and fertile strip of land, a place with large plantations, pines and countless vineyards, forming a landscape of outstanding natural beauty. It's the Itata Valley, one of the most abundant of Southern Chile. Millennium old, profuse and captivating, the Itata Valley extends some 100 kilometers between the cities of San Carlos to the north and Bulnes to the south in the lavish Ñuble Province, VIII Region.


The rivers Itata and Ñuble, who have cherished these lands for centuries, are responsible of the rich fertility of the valley with a variety of soils, from sandy and clay loam soils to red earth.

In colonial times, this valley led the production of excellent wines. The location being known as the best in the country.

 

The extensive terroir with very different characteristics has historically led to different wines sometimes even deriving from the same strains.

As if this wasn't enough the growing conditions of the valley do also collaborate to produce top quality wines. During the period of ripening there are significant temperature differences between day and night. During the months of December, January, February and March we have more than 30 degrees Celsius during the day and 10 degrees at night. This allows the fruit to have a slow maturation and ultimately makes the difference to wines from the north who have similar characteristics in color and aroma.

 

 

All this and the loving hand of dedicated farmers and producers, has opened the doors to an attractive and growing wine industry. The goal is to show why in colonial times the best wines of the country were produced here in the Itata Valley.