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

  • Carmenère

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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 Almaviva

    In 1997, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Baron Philippe de R...

  • J. Bouchon

    A winery without a past is like a wine without character. At J. Bouchon, above all else, we belie...

  • Valdivieso

    Producing quality wines requires careful and balanced management in every stage of the winemaking...

  • Viña Maipo

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

  • Viña Los Vascos

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

  • CREMASCHI FURLOTTI

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

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