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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Varietals Produced in Chile View all

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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 Quebrada de Macul

    Viña Quebrada de Macul is a "boutique" winery, at the foot of the Andes, and one of the 3 remaini...

  • Vina Perez Cruz

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

  • La Finca

    Found in Trader Joe's as a regular item. 

  • Castillo de Molina

    Castillo de Molina a reserve wine with an excellent history of quality and innovation that invite...

  • Viña Tarapaca

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

  • Vina Santa Helena

    The mission of Santa Helena is to be a winery that fills with enthusiasm and enchants all its con...

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Chile on Snooth

  • Casa Donoso Carmenère Reserva 2003


    Carmenere is a lesser known grape, but its very closely related to merlot - in fact there's much confusion in the industry over this. The wine has decent fruit (black cherries), some coffee notes, and herbs. The tannins are well integrated and the finish is ok. Good for the price. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Casa Donoso Malbec Reserva 2003


    An acceptable malbec - fine for the price. OK fruit, medium body, some tannins. Its fine, but plain. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Casa Donoso 'D' Donoso Maule Valley Chile Owc 2003


    An everyday wine, very approachable. Medium bodied, with aromas and taste of red fruits. Some oak and a decent finish. Well priced. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Concha Y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Rapel Valley Marqués de Casa Concha Riserva 2000


    Still rich and round. Full of depth. Nice wine with a few more years left on it. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Viña Tarapacá Merlot Casablanca Valley Reserva 2001


    A bit tired but still nice. Needed about an hour to regain some of it's stuffing. Light, spicy with good background of dark fruits. Hurry up and drink the last one! 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Montes Syrah Colchagua Valley Alpha 1999


    Ruby red with light bricking at the edges. Anise, berry, liquorice, oak and vanilla all mingle on the nose with a light undercurrent of mineral. Rich in the mouth, big and earthy, though the finish drys out with wood replacing fruit. A bit over the hill, but damn I could keep my nose in the glass for a long time! [88] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Carmen Shiraz Reserve 2002


    Deep ruby, clear and quite beautiful. Raspberry, candy,wet stone and plum with a hidden herbal quality. Rich on the palate with a medium tannin and dry overall feel. Alcohol is noticeable but in balance. Rich fruit, raspberry, spice(black pepper) and a meatiness...Wow a lot of wine for 12 bucks! (50)+5+13+16++8=92 [92] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Frontera Merlot 1987


    This would appear to be a sure bet for the wine of the vintage. Certainly, it is the most complete and backward 1987, with at least 10-15 years of aging potential. The touching dedication from the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild's daughter on the label is almost worth the price of one bottle. Additionally, 1987 was the last vintage of the Baro... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Parker

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