Let´s see...Chile is very similar to California, but up side down...the northern you go...it´s dryer until you get to atacama desert. BUT, we have to big mountais chains, Andes Mountains and Coastal Mountain right next to the Pacific ocean...so...based on this, each river going down from the Andes (east to west) creates an entrance to the internal valley between both mountains. The fog is all the way from north to south...but gets inside these entrances (rivers) so you can have 3 or 4 wines zones..closer to coast for whites and then reds.
Second tip: In the north close to La Serena or Limari or Elqui Valley does not rain at all al year round...semi desertic climate...so grapes have longer time to ripe...so...different wines like AguaTierra (reds like Syrah/Carmenere) or Tabali (Whites and Reds) ....
In the central south valleys...they have rain close to the harvest...it´s a risk...
Chile is growing grapes in extreme areas and the results are amazing...happends the same in the south with wineries like Casanueva (Itata valley), Cono Sur (pinot noir)...due to higher risk of rain...like washington State latitude...but south of chile
Originally posted by MiamiAtty:
Max...nice post. I also have a question about the fog. Do you find that you generally enjoy grapes from cooler climates regardless of the variety? Personally, I have been into California mountain region cabs lately(Mt. Veeder, Howell Mountain etc.)which I have been enjoying tremendously.