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...

  • 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

  • Montes

    One of Chile’s most renowned winemakers – Auriello Montes Sr. – blazed the path of bringing his...

  • Viñedos Errazuriz Ovalle

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

  • Viña Los Vascos

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

  • Valdivieso

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

  • CREMASCHI FURLOTTI

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

  • Walnut Crest

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

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  • Viejo Feo Sauvignon Blanc Villa Alegre

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  • Corralillo Gewurztraminer San Antonio Valley Matetic 2017

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  • Kunza 'Reserve' Maule Valley Chile Carmenere 2016

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    great wine, smooth, solid and brilliant. Read More

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  • Concha Y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2016

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    Here is a modest - but always pleasing - Marques Casa Concha Chardonnay (Limari ... growing area for whites in Chile). With a bouquet of spicy apple and light oak, this three year old wine is turning a light golden colour, having been aged in French Oak and allowed to sit for a year extra. The entry is quite spicy - with oak and vanilla fightin... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I agree with you both - if we are talking about entry-level, everyday wines - ... the cheaper juice as.  Chile, Argentina, and the other areas mentioned are cheaper - at all quality levels.  California prices are high for a host of easily understandable economic reasons, as well as branding (Napa, Sonoma, maybe certain coastal areas such as Sa... Read More

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  • I think that's true. There's a lot of new money getting into the wine ... have a mix of bottles from Chile, Argentina, Italy, France, Germany, etc.&nbs Read More

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  • Montes Purple Angel 2015

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    Looks dark, deep and divinely delectable, this Purple Angel, and I can report ... for a few more years. Best Chilean wine I have tasted yet... and I have tasted a few good ones. Best Purple Angle as well. I am pleasantly surprised. 9 Read More

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  • Undurraga Gran Reserva Sibaris Carmenere 2016

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    The Undurraga Sibaris Carmenere is dark cherry in colour with a nose of black fruit (blackberry) and wood splints with a hint of icing sugar; on entry, there is some slight sweetness with Bordeaux-like tannic structure overlaid on cherry and blueberry. Very pure, with structure available to take on a little bottle aging. Great price to quality... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 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!

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  • 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!

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  • 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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