The Curicó, Maule, Itata, and Bío Bío Valleys are the center of gravity of Chilean wine. Due to its particularly favorable geographic characteristics, this area has led the national production since the arrival of the first vines during colonial times. The wide range of soils and climatic diversity make it possible to create extraordinarily high quality wines that have positioned Chile in the demanding international market.
The wine industry in these valleys is very important for the regional economy and is an essential element in the traditions and social life of the people who live there as well. Just as the wineries are a key characteristics of the local landscape, they also play an integral role in defining regional identity.