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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Vina Indomita

    Vina Indomita was born with The objective to differentiate ourselves from the other Chilean wine ...

  • Viña Casa Rivas

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

  • Viña Almaviva

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

  • La Finca

    Found in Trader Joe's as a regular item. 

  • Botalcura Winery

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

  • Viña Maipo

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

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Chile on Snooth

  • DMCKER - Down in Chile Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Montes Alpha Syrah Colchagua Valley 2014

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    This lived up to it's hype and then some. Big gamey and blackberry noted lead the nose were joined by earthy tones, mocha leading to good framing acidity amf tannins. Wonderful - 91 points - drink or hold (18 - 24 months) - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • You talking in general, Paul, or down in Chile? Read More

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  • Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir Reserva 2012

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    Light and thready with pretty strawberry, raspberry and chewy tannins with decent acidity. 83 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Lapostolle Carmenere Grand Selection Casa 2012

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    Glad I let this one sit for awhile. Medium bodied with dark berry fruits, chocolate, earth and chewy tannins with good acidity. Drink now - 88 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Now the wines, but first the food - the Chimichuri steak and the ribs and the ... the night from SA:Both from Chile.  The Montes Syrah open big and gamey, with good blackberry fruit, plum, forest floor, chocolate and framed with great tannic/acidic balance - for $15 this was a no brainer. The CyT 2010 Cabby  was large and mouth coating. Great ... Read More

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  • Very much interested in hearing about the wines as well, haven't had a ... ... menus so far, most are from Chile, Argentina, New Zealand or Australia, a couple Spanish and Italian but a definite lack of anything Frenc Read More

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  • A couple of Argentinian wines for the NWC:I like bonarda and Maipe makes a ... ... ... couple of additions from Chile:The Santa Ema is decent enough, but there again is that Reserva word - being old school I know this doesn't bring out that level of wine.  I like Primus "The Blend" better than their cabby, especially after 2-3 yrs after laying... Read More

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  • Errazuriz Carmenere Max Reserva Chile Aconcagua Sugar Content 2013

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    Wine review by Justme5153


  • I saw that list when it first came - for some it's a badge of honor. ... ... some not at all.  But Chile does make good wines and to a lesser extent so does Argentina.  I teach Argentina and Chile in the wine course and their development parallels each up until the Peron's took over.  Chile took a better economic path and Argentina, well we kn... Read More

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  • 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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