Rapel Valley is situated about 60 miles south of Santiago. It is a large wine-producing region containing two separate regions: the Cachapoal Valley in the north and the Colchagua Valley in the south divided by the Rapel River. Vines were planted back in the mid-1600s in the Cachapoal Valley, mostly for sacramental wine. As with the Maipo Valley, the highest areas or “alto” of the Cachapoal Valley are best suited for red varietals, particularly Carmenere. The southern Colchagua Valley’s agricultural history has provided an exceptional terroir that is particularly rich for the vine cultivation of Cabernet, Carmenere, Syrah, and Malbec.