Wines of Chile 101
Taking a look at the where, what, whys and whens of Chile
One of the reasons for Chile’s success is that they’ve used the Old World as their model, France in particular. Chile of the late 19th century had a thriving economy due to the agricultural and minable resources that were discovered there. Along with wealth, the success of early Chilean settlers brought a taste for the finer things in life and even two centuries ago and halfway around the world France was recognized as the epicenter of fine wine.
Not surprisingly winemakers were dispatched to fFrance, bringing back with them the rootstocks that would form the backbone of the Chilean wine industry for decades to come. As it turns out these rootstocks were also vinous treasures that fell to the phylloxera root louse throughout Europe at the close of the 19th century though they continue to thrive in Chile’s dry, rocky, and phylloxera free soils.