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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Constance Chamberlain

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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Popular wines made in Chile under $20

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Santa Carolina

    Viña Santa Carolina was founded in 1875 by spirited, Chilean business visionary, Mr. Luis Pere...

  • Viñedos Errazuriz Ovalle

    Major Chilean winery with 7000 acres of vineyards in coastal Colchagua Valley.

  • Viña Los Vascos

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

  • Altair Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Vina Perez Cruz

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

  • Château Los Boldos [Vina Los Boldos]

    Los Boldos occupies a 250ha site in one of Chile’s finest viticultural areas – Cachapoal Andes...

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Chile on Snooth

  • Emiliana Malbec Natura 2017

    Snoothrank:

    This was decent, reasonable drinking wine. Nothing wonderful but not bad either. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Veramonte Red Blend Reserva Chile Valle Central Sugar Content 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Binny's August 2018. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • El Guardian 'Cerro Solo' Central Valle Chile 2017

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    an interesting blend with two full bodied wines yet the flavor is surprisingly crisp and not heavy Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Loma Negra Gran Reserva Roussanne-Marsanne 2015

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Viejo Feo Pinot Noir Rose Villa Alegre

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Santa Rita 120 Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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    Ok, a 6$ wine soled for 20$ in restaurant... Much greens in flavor!!! ...but it goes excellent with steamed veggies and beef mixed :) Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Leyda Pinot Noir Rose Valle de Leyda 2017

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    Mellow and aromatic with cherry and earthy strawberry aromas, mineral notes and a bit of red apple. Lots of tart sour cherry and strawberry fruit on the palate, zesty acidity, smoky mineral earth and an herbal note that finishes a bit raw and rough. Nice depth, very tart. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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  • Hey I like this short history on winemaking in Chile. Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite types. Check out my profile page, http://www.snooth.com/profiles/largecashloans/, to see more information from me!

    Comment by 1117741largecashloans 1117741 largecashloans


  • Congratulations!! for the apt notes on the great wine country.I had a chance to be with one of their producers in Bahrain,Gulf,and have enjoyed their matured production status.They make wonderful wines and have a long way to go in coming days.Cheers!! Chile!!

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  • Has anyone ever heard of this wine..I took this off the label Curioso Garcia, De Chile Merlot San Alfornso Estate Maipo Valley Chile Would love to purchase this in the states, not really concerned with the year

    Comment by 792512Diesel1815 792512 Diesel1815


  • Chile has so much to offer, but you must try the carmenere, affordably priced and crowd pleaser is the Casa Silva Reserva. Always have bottles ready for the friends stopping by, everyone loves it!

    Comment by 742153FamaWine 742153 FamaWine


  • Hi folks: Does anyone know where I can get my hands on a good vintage chart for the Chilean reds in particular? Or, if you happen to be more fsamiliar with the scene: could you hip me to the years to embrace nd those to perhaps avoid? Mucho thanks!

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • My proposal for Chile is the following: CLOS APALTA - LIMITED EDITION - ESTATE BOTTLED - VIÑEDO APALTA COLCHAGUA - EMBOTELLADO EN ORIGEN - PRODUCIDO Y EMBOTELLADO IN CHILE POR CASA LAPOSTOLLE S.A. EN SANTA CRUZ - COLCHAGUA - CHILE 2007 15 % Clos Apalta proviene de nuestros viñedos no irrigados de más de 60 años de edad, de la zona de Apalt...

    Comment by 707240Sommelier Guglielmo 707240 Sommelier Guglielmo


  • cannot believed you guys dont have Chile in the list of the most popular regions... really?

    Comment by 661031godbriel 661031 godbriel


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