Cauquenes Valley

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The Cauquenes Valley is located in the inner side of the Coastal Mountain Range, an area known as interior coastal rainfed

With nearly 40 thousand inhabitants, it sustains more than 20% of the rural population.  In the middle of the 19th century, Cauquenes was the capital of the Maule Region and therefore it concentrated important railway, educational and innovation investments.

As early as  1890 the first Superior School of Viticulture and Enology was created, which carried out one of the first national registers of the patrimonial vines, detecting at that time the grapes País, Muscatel, Aramon, Cinsault and Carignan, preserving to date about 400 hectares of Carignan.

Famous are the sweet wines of this area such as the Asoleados and Mistelas, which were already exported to Europe and the United States by 1850.

During the last 8 years the planted area has increased considerably, with more than 2,500 hectares, where great wine companies have found in this region the excellent conditions that the terroir presents.

There are four main elements found in this valley and that especially distinguish it, being its soil, climate, centennial vines and its way of life.

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Vineyards of Cauquenes