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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Carmenère

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Viña La Rosa

    Viña La Rosa aims to produce wines of remarkable value in each price range that it offers. All it...

  • CREMASCHI FURLOTTI

    The tradition of Viña Cremaschi Furlotti starts in Italy with my great-grandfather ", indicates P...

  • Vina Indomita

    Vina Indomita was born with The objective to differentiate ourselves from the other Chilean wine ...

  • Viña Tarapaca

    Viña Tarapacá Ex Zavala came into being in the nineteenth century, in 1874, and was then named "V...

  • Vina Perez Cruz

    ARCHITECTURE Pérez Cruz modern installations are reflected in its winery building architecture, ...

  • Viña Maipo

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

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Chile on Snooth

  • 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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    No written review

    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


  • Montes Purple Angel 2015

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    Looks dark, deep and divinely delectable, this Purple Angel, and I can report ... for a few more years. Best Chilean wine I have tasted yet... and I have tasted a few good ones. Best Purple Angle as well. I am pleasantly surprised. 9 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Undurraga Gran Reserva Sibaris Carmenere 2016

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    The Undurraga Sibaris Carmenere is dark cherry in colour with a nose of black fruit (blackberry) and wood splints with a hint of icing sugar; on entry, there is some slight sweetness with Bordeaux-like tannic structure overlaid on cherry and blueberry. Very pure, with structure available to take on a little bottle aging. Great price to quality... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • BTW, I was seeking out a Carmenere (like the Tarapaca you suggested, RCKR1951), ... ... good provenance from Chile.  Of course, I can order, but that seems like too much work.  When I go down to Seattle in a week or two, I'll investigate some purchases of this kind - ones unavailable to me here.My imperfect (but generally good) memory suggests... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Jammy


  • Chono Single Vineyard Carmenere 2015

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    Binny's 1/2019. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Root Carmenere Vina Ventisquero 2017

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    Binny's 1/2019. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


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