Location and Characteristics of the Zone
These farming lands are located 80 kms. from Santiago, the capital city of Chile and 120 kms from Valparaiso, the main seaport city. The valley maintains the eternal fertility from the past which gave its inhabitants a large variety of fresh vegetables and livestock forage until today, where the packing of export fruits such as grapes, peaches, plums, kiwis, dried fruit and the production of wines and liquors using semi-industrial and crafted plants still prevail.
At the upper part of the valley, that is to say in the mountain range, valuable minerals such as gold and silver are extracted from early times, to which copper has been added over the centuries.
The valley features Mediterranean climate characteristics, with very marked seasons, ranging from a winter with rain, snow and minimum average temperatures of 7°C, to a hot sunny summer maximum temperatures that easily reach 35 °C.
The Great Aconcagua Valley, possesses more than 35 peaks ranging from 1200 to 6110 meters above sea level, giving rise to a countless number of streams downwards, where more than 20 estuaries empty their crystal clear waters into 4 lagoons and 8 rivers, which in turn irrigate five interior valleys and run seven mountain canyons.