Concha y Toro

Ania Smolec 15/05/2015

Coastal wines


Chile is the country with the world’s longest shoreline. Along 4.000 kilometers of coastline, you can find beautiful places to spend your vacations, richness of seafood, but also important wine areas. We invite you to discover our vineyards in unique areas of the Pacific.

In its 4.000 kilometers of coastline, the landscape is rich and varied, from the driest desert in the world, to subtropical forests, through beautiful beaches, cliffs and picturesque cities, resorts and fishing villages. Influenced by the cold Humboldt Current, the sea breezes from the Pacific meet the hot air masses from the coast and form low clouds and fog which penetrate into the valley, reducing and softening temperatures in summer. Thanks to those phenomena in the harvest we pick grapes with great balance and character.

Marques de Casa Concha Pinot Noir Limari

Viña Concha y Toro has its own vineyards in different areas of the Chilean coast. On the northern border, in the Valley of Limarí, we have the San Julián and Llanuras de Camarico vineyards where Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah are grown. All of them are early maturing strains, which allow producing vibrant wines, but also with very good maturity.

Limarí Valley is famous for its limestone component soils that contribute to wine characteristics such as mineral notes. Here the mountain coastal range meets the Andes, hence its topography consists of rolling hills and some flat areas called coastal terraces. In certain regions such as Limarí would be impossible to grow good quality grapes, but the effect of the camanchaca, a low fog in the coastal strip, allows grapes to ripen slowly and achieve a perfect balance between sweetness and acidity.

Terrunyo Syrah - Casablanca

Marques de Casa Concha Pinot Noir desserves special attention. This wine comes from the San Julián vineyard, located 25 kilometers from the sea. It is a wine with a fine and elegant bouquet. It reflects all the best of this wonderful French strain, but also the unique conditions of the vineyard. You will find delicious notes of cherry and raspberry, and thanks of the presence of calcium carbonate in the soil; also you can feel this famous mineral touch that characterizes the best wines of Limarí.

The Casablanca Valley has a strategic position. Located between the capital Santiago and major cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, is an area that successfully combines enoturism with very high quality wines. Our winemaker Ignacio Recabarren was one of the first Chilean winemakers to produce wines in this area. Thanks to a Mediterranean climate with distinct seasons, and morning fog which cools the temperatures, the Casablanca Valley is the Chilean capital of white wines. From here come great Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and some red varieties. White wines are known for a very distinctive bouquet, based on notes of tropical fruits such as mango, pineapple and passion fruit, but always supported by a rich acidity.

Gran reserva Serie Riberas Chardonnay - Ucuquer

I recommend you a fabulous wine from Casablanca: Terrunyo Syrah, produced by the same Ignacio Recabarren. This wine comes from Los Boldos vineyard, with an alluvial soil component with red clay. It is a wine of high elegance that perfectly captures the floral and spicy character of the variety, transmitting also in every drop the Casablanca conditions. It is a fresh and intense wine, but at the same time very complex and expressive. You feel fruity notes as cherry and blackberry, scents of violets and mineral tones as graphite and asphalt. Its tannins are silky and offer a wine of medium body, but with great aging potential.

Almost in the same “neighborhood”, close to Casablanca, is the Leyda Valley. It has a climate very similar to Casablanca conditions, but the vineyards are nestled even closer to the sea. It is a region favorable for white varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Winter is less cold than in Casablanca and the sea breeze blows stronger, thus the whites from here are very fresh and vibrant as Marques de Casa Concha Sauvignon Blanc. A citrus and juicy wine marked by its mineral and freshly cut grass notes.

In the coastal area of ​​the Colchagua Valley, on the banks of Lake Rapel, there is a very promising new viticultural area called Ucúquer. Straight to the coast there are only 15 kilometers, so the vines of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, planted on granitic soils, receive a large marine influence. From this zone comes Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Chardonnay. This wine offers minerals, fresh and very balanced notes. It also presents some delicious notes of tropical fruits and toasted hazelnuts. Its acidity is well marked, but with this factor wine is balanced, creamy, with a long and pleasant finish.

If you want to differentiate these four valleys through the fruity notes of Chardonnay, we could say this: in Limarí dominated citrus and pear fruit; in Casablanca, notes of fruits like apricot, apple and mango; in Leyda, citrus notes such as lime and tangerine; and in Ucuquer, citrus notes like yellow and pink grapefruit.

Now I invite you to explore the Chilean coast, from north to south, but also on a journey through the senses. If you prepare a comparative tasting with these coastal valley wines, you will not only learn a little more about the Chilean wines, but also you will enjoy the sea breeze in with each glass, which reminds us our happy holidays.