San Felipe de Aconcagua

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San Felipe de Aconcagua
Provincia de San Felipe de Aconcagua
Official seal of San Felipe de Aconcagua
Location in the Valparaíso Region
Location in the Valparaíso Region
San Felipe de Aconcagua is located in Chile
San Felipe de Aconcagua
San Felipe de Aconcagua
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 32°42′S 70°45′W / 32.700°S 70.750°W / -32.700; -70.750Coordinates: 32°42′S 70°45′W / 32.700°S 70.750°W / -32.700; -70.750
Country Chile
Region Valparaíso
Capital San Felipe
 • Type Provincial
 • Governor Jorge Jara Catalán (PDC)
 • Total 2,659.2 km2 (1,026.7 sq mi)
Area rank 3
Population (2012 Census)[1]
 • Total 143,698
 • Rank 5
 • Density 54/km2 (140/sq mi)
 • Urban 98,925
 • Rural 32,986
 • Men 65,090
 • Women 66,821
Time zone CLT [2] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [3] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 34
Website Governorate of San Felipe de Aconcagua

San Felipe de Aconcagua (Spanish: Provincia de San Felipe de Aconcagua) is one of eight provinces of the central Chilean region of Valparaíso (V). Its capital is the city of San Felipe (pop. 64,126).[1]


As a province, San Felipe de Aconcagua is a second-level administrative division, governed by a provincial governor who is appointed by the president.


The province comprises six communes (Spanish: comunas), each governed by a municipality consisting of an alcalde and municipal council:

Geography and demography[edit]

The province spans a landlocked area of 2,659.2 km2 (1,027 sq mi), the third largest in the Valparaíso Region. According to the 2002 census, San Felipe de Aconcagua is the fifth most populous province in the region with a population of 131,911. At that time, there were 98,925 people living in urban areas, 32,986 people living in rural areas, 65,090 men and 66,821 women.[1]

Aconcagua Valley wine region[edit]

"Aconcagua Valley" is a wine producing region located 65 km (40 mi) north of Santiago in the east of the Valparaíso region. It is a Denomination of Origin (DO) defined by the Chilean Appellation system, the legally defined and protected geographical indication used to identify where the grapes for a wine were grown. Aconcagua Valley takes its name both from the province where it is located, San Felipe de Aconcagua, and also from the Aconcagua mountain, the highest peak in the Andes at 6,956 meters (22,828 feet). The snow-capped peak of Aconcagua and the surrounding mountains delivers essential melt water to the valley below. The small, 1,098-hectare winegrowing area is well known for its red wines, which have earned international acclaim, with Vina Errázuriz’s “Seña” placing ahead of both Château Lafite and Château Margaux in blind tasting held in Berlin in 2004,[4] a milestone for the Chilean wine industry.[5] Although the valley is primarily known for the red grapes grown in its interior, white grapes are also now being grown in new coastal plantations.

Grape distribution by varietal[edit]

Cabernet Sauvignon: 303 ha (749 acres) Sauvignon Blanc: 117 ha (289 acres) Carmenere: 63 ha (156 acres)
Syrah: 155 ha (383 acres) Pinot Noir: 99 ha (245 acres) Chardonnay: 64 ha (158 acres)
  • Total hectares planted: 952 ha (2,352 acres)[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas (Spanish)
  2. ^ "Chile Time". Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  3. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  4. ^ Seña, Errazuriz and Viñedo Chadwick retrieved October 13, 2013
  5. ^ [1] retrieved October 13, 2013
  6. ^ See Aconcague Valley Chart retrieved October 13, 2013

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