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Choapa Valley

Choapa Valley

(Chile)

Located 400 km (250 mi) north of Santiago at Chile’s narrowest point, where there is no distinction between the Andes and the Coastal Mountains. This small valley consists of two sectors, Illapel and Salamanca. Vineyards planted on rocky piedmont soils are producing limited quantities of high quality Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with high acidity and low pH.

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Choapa Valley

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Region
Choapa Valley
Country
Chile
Vineyard hectare
96
Soil and climate
Desert-like climate. 100 mm (4.5 in) of rain per year. High luminosity. Soils: clay, silt, and chalk.
History
The Spanish conquerors were the first to cultivate the vineyard in South America and this was perhaps their only good deed. Probably the first vineyards were planted to satisfy their thirst, first in Chile in 1548 and then in Argentina in 1551. Already in the 1500s, Francisco Carabantes planted vineyards near the town of Concepción, on the coast of the central part of the country. It was a rather mediocre quality vine, País, which the conquistadors had brought with them from Spain. Probably, it is the same grape that in Argentina is called Criolla and, in California, Mission. Between 1600 and 1700, the development of viticulture was rapid, taking on great proportions. After the liberation from Spain, in 1850, cuttings were imported from Bordeaux, and thanks to the fact that this happened before phylloxera infects the European vineyards, Chile is today one of the few countries in the world that were not affected by the aphid. Moreover, protected by the eastern Andes, from the hot and sandy desert to the north, the Antarctica to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Chile does not even run the risk of being infected with phylloxera in the future. The vines, infested on a free foot, are more long-lived than those grafted on American feet.
Typical dishes
f the potato is the undisputed queen, do not joke the other products of the earth such as cassava, of which we eat the tuber, and of course the tomatoes. Although at the base of the European diet, the xitomatl - this is the name with which the Aztecs called the red fruit - is in fact native of these lands and was brought to the Old Continent only in the mid-sixteenth century by the Spanish leader Hernán Cortés. Every people who came from these lands (according to some oriental scholars, the Chinese came to South America a thousand years before Columbus) brought his dishes, which remained alive in the tradition here, contrary to what has often happened in the countries of origin. . It is therefore not surprising that every visitor finds a piece of his culture in South America.
Red grape variety

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Producer De Martino
Wine type Red still
Region: Choapa Valley
Grapes: 100% Carmènere
Alcohol: 13.00% by volume
Format: 0,75 l Standard
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€ 16.20
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Producer De Martino
Wine type Red still
Region: Choapa Valley
Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 13.00% by volume
Format: 0,75 l Standard
Special Features:
€ 11.59
Price With VAT
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