Chilean Wine

Winemaking was first introduced to Chile by Spanish settlers in the 1500’s, but it wasn’t until the 1980’s that much of the world had their first sips of Chilean wine.  At this time, Chile began exporting its wine reserves after strict trade barriers were lifted that once prevented wines to be released from Chile. Since then, Chile has experience remarkable growth.  In 1984, Chile’s total wine exports amounted to 2%, less than 30 years later they’re currently exporting 70% of their wines, making Chile responsible for roughly 8% of the world’s wine.

Chile is dominated by red wines, accounting for almost three quarters of their total production. The most prominent red wine is Cabernet Sauvignon followed Merlot and, finally, Carmenere, the “lost grape of Bordeaux.” Chile has also received high praise for the production of wines made from Pinot Noir despite the fact the plantings of this grape a relatively small. Chile’s red wines are often Read more »

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Wine Marketing Professional for Austria, Chile, and Pernod Ricard, millenial wino,WSET Diploma student, freelance wine writer, permanent Greek wine supporter. My favorite wine regions are generally those that are the lesser-known, come find out why!

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Varietals Produced in Chile View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Chile

  • Aconcagua

    To the north of Santiago is the Aconcagua Valley, a small winegrowing area of just 1,098 hectar...

  • Cachapoal Valley

      Cachapoal Valley is known for its red wines that make up 80% of production. The star varie...

  • Central Valley

      Valle Central, or Central Valley, is a large expanse of Chile that is one of the most sign...

  • Colchagua Valley

    Colchagua Valley is set close to the Coastal Range and to the sea. It is largely recognized as ...

  • Coquimbo

      The Coquimbo Valley is a region that encompasses the Elqui, Limarí and Choapa Valleys in n...

  • Southern Chile

Popular Wineries in Chile View all

  • Altair Vineyards & Winery

    Beneath the skies of Alto Cachapoal cool breezes from the foothills of the Andes glide across roc...

  • Viña Maipo

    Focused in the international market and in the needs of diverse groups of consumers. Vina Maipo h...

  • Porta Winery

    Viña Porta began in 1954 when the Gutiérrez-Porta family arrived in Chile from Spain and settled ...

  • Casas del Bosque

    Casas del Bosque is located 70 km from Santiago, the capital of Chile, and 30 km from one of t...

  • Viña Almaviva

    In 1997, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Baron Philippe de R...

  • Viña Los Vascos

    A pioneering adventure Grapevines were planted in the north of Chile in the 16th century, in the...

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Chile on Snooth

  • Finititude is inescapable.  There are many boutique wineries in the USA, Australia, Chile,  (and especially Germany and certain regions of France... particularly, where the garagistes reign supreme).  In any case, it will be years before a demand could force up prices of say, Red Icon.  The idea that asking too low a price reduces credibility is... Read More

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  • Viejo Feo Sauvignon Blanc Villa Alegre

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    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Well look at you guys!!I'm looking at flights to Penticton right now. ... ... ... her new job. Considered Chile but that's a long fligh Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Face to Face Club - a...


  • Corralillo Gewurztraminer San Antonio Valley Matetic 2017

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Kunza 'Reserve' Maule Valley Chile Carmenere 2016

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    great wine, smooth, solid and brilliant. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Concha Y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2016

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    Here is a modest - but always pleasing - Marques Casa Concha Chardonnay (Limari ... growing area for whites in Chile). With a bouquet of spicy apple and light oak, this three year old wine is turning a light golden colour, having been aged in French Oak and allowed to sit for a year extra. The entry is quite spicy - with oak and vanilla fightin... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I agree with you both - if we are talking about entry-level, everyday wines - ... the cheaper juice as.  Chile, Argentina, and the other areas mentioned are cheaper - at all quality levels.  California prices are high for a host of easily understandable economic reasons, as well as branding (Napa, Sonoma, maybe certain coastal areas such as Sa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Jammy


  • Aoyo Cabernet Sauvignon Varietal 2017

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    Wine review by Jerry Brenner


  • I think that's true. There's a lot of new money getting into the wine ... have a mix of bottles from Chile, Argentina, Italy, France, Germany, etc.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Jammy


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