Pinot Noir, Central Valley

Pinot Noir is a red grape that is one of the most challenging to grow in any part of the world. Due to its thin skin and tight bunches, it is susceptible to both mould and disease. However, when it is successful, it produces some of the most amazing wines in the world. Although its home is Burgundy, it has emerged as a popular variety in Australia. Representing only 1% of grapes crushed, it has built a high profile with a number of world-class, distinctly Australian wines being produced. The greatest examples coming from the cool climates of the Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and the Yarra Valley.

Pinot Noir performs well on the deepish limestone based subsoils that are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or. However, yields need to be kept in check. Pinot Noir's concentration and varietal characters disappear rapidly if yields are excessive. Some of the best and most expensive wines in the world are still found in Burgundy.

Pinot Noir also plays a key role in Champagne, being blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In the US, Oregon and Washington state are producing outstanding wines. In New Zealand, great Pinot Noirs are crafted in Martinborough and in Central Otago, New Zealand's only true continental climate.

The thin skins of Pinot Noir mean the wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However, the best wines have grippy tannins, fragrance and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, but as it matures, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouthfeel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey nuances emerging.
In terms of viticulture the central valley of chile (spanish: valle central) spans the o'higgins region (vi) and maule region (vii) administrative regions and the administrative metropolitan region, and is the main growing zone for chilean wine and coincides with the historical core of the chilean central valley.

This is chile's most productive and internationally known wine region, due predominately to its proximity to the national capital santiago.

It is located directly across the andes' from one of argentina's wine regions: mendoza province. Within the central valley there are four wine growing region subregions: the maipo valley, the rapel valley, the curicó valley and the maule valley.
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    “The Chilean volcanic terroir is nothing but dynamic. Many of our vineyards are located on mature volcanic – igneous regions, where soils are a result of the weathering processes that have occurred over millions of years. However, we also have vines ... Learn More
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