Itata Valley

The small region of Bío Bío lies in the far south of Chile, 435 kilometres from Santiago. Bío Bío is one of Chile's coolest wine-growing regions, with cold nights that ensure a long ripening period for the grapes. The climate is at best warm, with an average January temperature of 22ºC and plenty of rainfall. Apples and blueberries make up more than 80% of the fruit grown in this region. The steady on-shore wind from the Pacific keeps mildew and rot at bay. This is a region where cooler-climate grapes thrive; Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling. Alluvial soils are interspersed with clay and sand. Bío-Bío is only just being discovered and developed as a cool climate region, as the country has few truly cool enclaves. Now there are wineries and investors planting vineyards even further south, in Malleco and beyond.
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