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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Varietals Produced in Chile View all

  • Carmenère

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

  • 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...

  • 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 Calina

    Viña Calina is situated atop a gentle slope overlooking the northern Maule Valley midway between ...

  • Sant Ema

    In 1917 a young Pedro Pavone-Voglino left his homeland in Italy’s Piamonte wine region and emb...

  • CREMASCHI FURLOTTI

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

  • Viña Casa Rivas

    Winemaking processes at Casa Rivas are oriented to produce Premium quality wines. To this end, ea...

  • Porta Winery

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

  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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


  • Ilaia Carmenere Reserva Vina Marty 2014

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    Binny's 1/2019. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Sauvignon Blanc. Gato Negro 2018

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    Binny's 1/2019. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Tarapaca Gran Reserva Carmenere 2015

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    just love the camenere which is very earthy, smooth and supple. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Tierra del Sol Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Chile 2015

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    A very bold, strong but smooth Cab-Saub. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Vina Leyda Reserva Syrah 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cono Sur Single Vineyard Riesling Block 23 Rulos del Alto 2016

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    No written review

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  • As far as values go you also look to Patagonia and Chile.  Siduri still produces pinots' at the $30-$35 that  are well worth drinking - just had a beauty last night. Read More

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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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