Ferran on Chile – the South

Old bushvines in Itata, southern Chile

See also Ferran’s introduction to this series and his tasting articles devoted to northern Chile and central Chile.

In this article we will journey more than 650 km (400 miles) from southern, dry-farmed Maule around Cauquenes, Loncomilla and Sauzal (northern Maule was included in my article on central Chile), through Itata and Bío-Bío to Chilean Patagonia in the remote Osorno Valley in the south of the southern region known as Austral. (The infographic from my introduction is repeated below to help you locate the regions.)

The south is perhaps less glamorous and advanced than the centre or the north...