Cavas del Valle

Cavas del Valle is a family project attended by their owners; unique its one of the highest vineyards and northernmost of Chile.

Location

Paihuano, Coquimbo

About the winery

The winery of “Cavas del Valle” (Cellars of the Valley) is located 6 hours north of Santiago, 1 hour drive from La Serena towards the Andes. This boutique winery is run by a retired couple, Raymundo Piraces and Marlies Duerr, in a delightful, tasteful and elegant manner. It is unique for several reasons. Firstly, it is the northern most in Chile (that means, the winery with the strongest sun), it is one of the smallest Chilean wineries, the one with the highest altitude, located (1.080 m above sea level). Besides, the climate is almost desert type, with long, 6 summer months , and extreme dryness. Tourists are attended directly by the owners, which show you the facilities and serve wine samples while you relax in an enchanting “pergola” and, finally, the winery is located in the delightful, mystic, and perfect climate of the High Elqui Valley, surrounded by silent mountains and crowned with the unrivalled nobility of the purest sky.

Learn more about Cavas del Valle and their facilities at:

http://www.cavasdelvalle.cl/

Location

Paihuano, Coquimbo

Opening Hours

Monday-Friday:10:30 - 19:30

Saturday:10:30 - 20:30

Sunday:10:30 - 19:30

Summer Hours

Monday-Friday:10:30 - 19:30

Saturday:10:30 - 20:30

Sunday:10:30 - 19:30

Cellar door / shop
Yes - see more
Accommodation
No
Tastings
Yes - see more
Tours
Yes - see more
Restaurant
No
Events / Weddings
Yes - see more
Languages
English, French, German, Spanish
Children friendly
Yes
Disabled access
Yes
Region
Paihuano, Coquimbo
Country
Chile
Organic
Yes
Wines produced

Grape varieties

Moscatel, Moscato

Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Malbec, Merlot, Shiraz, Syrah

Location

Paihuano, Coquimbo

History & Geography

Elqui Valley is well known for its extremely dry environment, high temperatures, long lasting summers and frequent winter frosts, a typical half dessert climate, conditions that bear an amazing similarity with those existing in the supposed origin of the Syrah grape variety (main theories associate it Persian ancient capital Shiraz). This idyllic agro-climate naturally lends itself to organic viticulture where grapes are grown without the use of industrial fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. Surprisingly in this terroir it is cheaper to grow organically than in the traditional ways!! Since the first harvest in 2003 Cavas del Valle has been working to officially certify it is organic conditions following the regular certifying process. So, since 2005 harvest, Cavas del Valle red wines bear the organical seal. The Vineyard sells all of its production directly, it does not have any intermediates, its main market being tourists and sometimes it exports depending on stock.

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