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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Walnut Crest

    Rafael and José Guilisasti were visionaries in the late 1990s when they saw that the market was b...

  • Botalcura Winery

    Viña Botalcura is the result of the passion of two men—one Chilean, one French, and both passiona...

  • CREMASCHI FURLOTTI

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

  • Viña Calina

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

  • Viña Maipo

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

  • Altair Vineyards & Winery

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

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Chile on Snooth

  • Concha Y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2013

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    The wine in the bottle is not what it was 2 years ago. This has grown and morphed in to a BIG Carmenere. Large dark berry fruit, red plum, oak, medium tannins and matching acidity. In good years this is always better after 2-3 in the bottle. 90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Concha Y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Marqués de Casa Concha 2009

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    " young like a baby now; will be better and more evolved come fall, winter and over the next few years. " is what WE said in 2011. Well they were wrong - after 6 years in the cellar this is just plain stupid good. Fruit - muscular but flowing, full bodied and layered with large tannins a driving acidity this last forever. Hold for 2-3 years i... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Tierra del Sol 'Reserva' Valle del Limari Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    what an effort at oaking! and it did pay off with a wine that is very approachable and pleasant and not near the way a Cab-Sab which can be heavy and demanding. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Papi Demi Sec Merlot 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Fortunlady


  • Pascal 'Limited Edition' Maipo Valley Chile Malbec 2016

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    while very young, fresh & boisterous this wine may fare better if spent time in the cellar. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Santa Helena Seleccion del Directorio Gran Reserva Merlot 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Al - it means nothing legally in the US. Jess Jackson made himself a ... the ... the wines from Argentina, Chile, Australia and elsewhere.In Europe, it means something different in each location. So a reserve Barolo has nothing to do with a reserve Rioja. And because the requirement in Rioja has to do with aging, people are making non-reserve ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


  • GREGT - I agree with your thoughts on the US under $20 drinking situation. ... ... ... why I buy from Spain, Chile, Oz and others that offer QPR for less than $20.DMCKER - "Anybody who flames you for finding a bargain is automatically questionable." You're righ Read More

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  • Canepa Magnificvm Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Chile 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Zurdo Maule Valley Chile Merlot 2016

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    I am not a Merlot fan but this wine was surprisingly complex with it being young and not spending time in the oak. Maybe? for me; Merlot needs to be steel vatted!? Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • 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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