The wine-growing area Valle de Cachapoal (Cachapoal Valley) lies 90 kilometres south of the Chilean capital Santiago de Chile in the Valle Central. Together with the similar area of Colchagua, it forms the northern half of the Valle de Rapel region. The "Alto Cachapoal" wine route runs through the area crossed by the river of the same name. It has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers with large temperature fluctuations between day and night and mild winters. Depending on the proximity to the Pacific Ocean or the Andes, there are different microclimates. The vineyards cover about 10,000 hectares of vineyards on mineral-rich soils with sandy layers and in places limestone and scree.
The red wine varieties Cabernet Sauvignon (with about half of the total area) Merlot, Syrah, Carmenère and Malbec(Cot), as well as the white wine varieties Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are cultivated. Furthermore, special varieties for the brandy Pisco are also cultivated. Especially in higher altitudes there are joint ventures between French investors from Bordeaux, Alsace and the Loire with long-established Chilean winegrowers. Well-known producers are Altaïr, Anakena, Casas del Toqui(Château Larose-Trintaudon), Chateau Los Boldos, Córpora, Lapostolle, La Rosa, Misiones de Rengo and Morandé.