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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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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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...

  • Colchagua Valley

    Colchagua Valley is set close to the Coastal Range and to the sea. It is largely recognized as ...

Popular Wineries in Chile View all

  • Porta Winery

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

  • Castillo de Molina

    Castillo de Molina a reserve wine with an excellent history of quality and innovation that invite...

  • Viña Haras de Pirque

    In 1991, after a highly successful business career in Chile's private sector, entrepreneur Eduard...

  • Viñedos Errazuriz Ovalle

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

  • Walnut Crest

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

  • Viña Casa Rivas

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

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Chile on Snooth

  • Marques De Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto 2007

    Snoothrank:

    Just past it's prime, this is well worth drinking given it's age. Considering that the "experts" said drink through 2013 or so I'd say they were wrong. Sure it's not the blockbuster, Top 100 (WS) wine but very good none the less. Rich black and red berry fruits have married completely and the pepper and spice have infused completely. It drinks e... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Concha Y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Marqués de Casa Concha 2008

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    Really lasted well and developed better than the more heralded '07. Blackberry and a tart choke cherry, with spice and chocolate on the nose lead to a plate that is somewhat dry with slightly chewy tannins and balanced aciditty. Drink now Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • The Ring Cycle continues - last night it was Siegfried.  Only about five ... the Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile.  It's ok, but I would not go out and buy this one.  The Chardonnay was good though, and I paired that with some halibut / roast beef that they were serving us.  The last performance of this final of three Ring Cycles is on Sunday aft... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Sandra and I are in the middle of attending Wagner's Ring Cycle being ... ... of Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile and it's quite decent.  The wine pictured below was from the first performance when we stopped in the bar area of the Terrace Restaurant for a drink prior to the start of 'The Rinegold' on Tuesday evening.  That performance was a stra... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • RBA - Never thought you didn't look for good deals, we all probably look ... ... Australia, Portugal, Chile are where I go generally for those. I am glad I signed up here I've added to my wine knowledge greatly.Paul&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • RICHARD - I SPENT, INCLUDING U.S. NAVY TIME, 20/21 (72-93) YEARS IN SHIPYARDS ... ... Australia, South America-Chile mostly, Europe - Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and England - those are where I learned about wines. Those places were much different as a civilian.  But that's another story.                                                &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • I sure would enjoy touring vineyards on a Segway!  Yes EM, that link that ... two from the Maule Valley in Chile so I can understand you enjoying a wine from that regio Read More

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  • Casillero del Diablo Rose 2015

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    A shiraz rose with a nose of cherry and raspberry with a touch of citrus. The palate is dry with supporting minerality and acidity. The finish is short. Drink now - Paul 86 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Clos Ouvert "Primavera" Maule Valley 2012

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    Originally I was going to score this an 88 but the more I think about the uniqueness of the wine I upped it a notch. Why? The combination of herbal notes - sage, cilantro, what have you, combined with coffee and bubblegum - yes, bubblegum - and dark berry fruit really stood out. It was enjoyable and easy to drink, except when you had to stop and... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Aromatic and herbal with green peas, jalapeño and green bell pepper, lemon and golden berries. Quite unique. In the mouth it's more classic with grassy notes of lemon and lime, more green pepper and a tart acidic finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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!!

    Comment by 1074079Sidd Banerji 1074079 Sidd Banerji


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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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