The three valleys of Coquimbo: Elqui, Limarí and Choapa
The Coquimbo region is made up of two separate valleys, each with a unique climate and growing conditions. The Vicuña Valley is located along the Elqui River whose source is high in the Andes. The Ovalle Valley is further south and also consists of two smaller valleys, each with its own microclimate – the lower Ovalle, and the higher El Palqui.
In spite of having many valleys, the Coquimbo region’s strength is its fresh grapes. As in the Copiapó Valley, the temperature difference between the upper and lower valleys creates a prolonged harvest period.