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Total surface area:
2.000 ha4.942 ac
Altitude of the vineyards:
702 l/m27.556 l/ft2
The province of Curicó, as well as its capital, the homonymous city, are located in the northern area of the Chilean region of Maule. Its name, in the mapuche or mapudugun language means “tierra de aguas negras” (land of black waters). The weather in this region is Mediterranean, although there are certain particularities depending on the geographical location such as in the areas closest to the Andes and to the Coastal Range.
HISTORY OF WINE
In the wine production of the Curicó province is important the contribution of the Spanish winemaking businessman, Miguel Torres. At the beginning of the 80s he created his winery in Chile, a fact that meant a strong boost for the industry in the province. Torres used for the first time in Chile stainless steel tanks for the wine storage, a technological advancement that from that moment onwards was introduced in the Chilean wine industry.
WINES AND WINERIES
The province of Curicó is one of the most important areas within the Chilean wine production. In this province, belonging to the designation of origin Valle de Curicó, are found representative wineries such as Miguel Torres, Viña San Pedro (one of the larges wineries of the country) and Echeverría. Other wineries are Viñas Altacima, Aresti, Bodegas y Viñedos Dussaillant, Correa Albano, Las Pitras, Mario Edwards, Millamán, Inés Escobar, Santa Hortensia, Valdivieso, Viñedos Puertas and Espíritu de Chile.
In the province of Curicó, a wine route has been created thanks to which is possible to visit some of these wineries, as well as enjoy their wines. During the months of March and April is held in this province the harvest festival hosting a large number of visitors from all around Chile.
The Curicó Valley has about 18,000 ha of vineyards. The most cultivated varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Chardonnay.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Within the Curicó province are found several interesting points such as the area of Potrero Grande, located about 30km from the city of Curicó. It is an area perfect for trips to nature and enjoy time with family. The area of Los Queñes is located less than 50km away from Curicó and is a confluence of two rivers what makes it a traditional bathing area for inhabitants of the province. Another well-known municipality is Vichuquén, located next to the river of the same name, a traditional area for sport fishing, sailing trips and waterskiing. Likewise, the two coastal towns of Iloca and Duao offer historic wellness centres and are two important tourism centres in the province. We cannot forget the Radal Siete Tazas National Park that has an excellent variety of native flora and fauna, especially birds, including protected or endangered species. The pools and waterfalls are a reason for family getaways on weekends and holidays. Another of the main natural spaces is the Laguna Torca National Reserve, with a great variety of fauna and flora. Among the most representative birds is the black-necked swan.