San Felipe de Aconcagua
For other uses, see Aconcagua (disambiguation).
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|San Felipe de Aconcagua
Provincia de San Felipe de Aconcagua
Location in the Valparaíso Region
|• Governor||Jorge Jara Catalán (PDC)|
|• Total||2,659.2 km2 (1,026.7 sq mi)|
|Population (2012 Census)|
|• Density||54/km2 (140/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CLT  (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||CLST  (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).
Geography and demography
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.
Aconcagua Valley wine region
"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, a milestone for the Chilean wine industry. 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
- Climate: Mediterranean, 215 mm (8.5 in) of rainfall per year.
- Soils: clay and sandy to the east; granite and clay to the west.
- Primary grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carmenere, and coastal Sauvignon Blanc.
|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)
- Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas (Spanish)
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- Seña, Errazuriz and Viñedo Chadwick wineanorak.com/ retrieved October 13, 2013
-  www.snooth.com retrieved October 13, 2013
- See Aconcague Valley Chart www.winesofchile.org retrieved October 13, 2013
- (Spanish) Official link