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, education professional and Chile Brand Ambassador with Vine Connections with a love of wine old and new. I am wine geek and traveler with an unquenchable desire to explore the world of wine one region and country at a time

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Varietals Produced in Chile View all

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Carmenère

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

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

  • Montes

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

  • Cousiño-macul

    The Cousiño Macul winery is today governed by the sixth generation, direct descendents of its ...

  • Viña Casablanca

    In Casablanca Winery we are committed to creating quality wines, with a distinctive personalit...

  • Vina Cremaschi Furlotti

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

  • Viña Haras de Pirque

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

  • Vina Perez Cruz

    ARCHITECTURE Pérez Cruz modern installations are reflected in its winery building architecture, ...

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Chile on Snooth

  • Nuevo Mundo Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2010

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    Ah Ha! a wonderful wine and blend, aged nicely, very smooth and pleasant to the palate..........and organic too!! Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • William Cole Pinot Noir Chile Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Red

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    a 2012 'special reserve'. this spent as much time in the oak as it should and no more; very nice! but I bet it improves with age. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • D'Arenberg Hermit Crab' /9 2008

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    Light straw color...held up well in 2014. The Viognier Marsanne bled is true to form, but just not my preference. Well balanced. If I liked this type of blend, it would receive high compliments. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • My wife Sandra & I were impressed with the De Martino winery (Isla de Maipo in Chile, http://www.demartino.cl/tbk_webpay/index.php).  In this case though, the wines were pretty tasty!  They have a wonderful tasting table and a water tower too.  More pictures here:  http://www.bigal-computers.net/South-America-2014.php Read More

    Forum post in the topic The 'weirdest' wineries out...


  • Sobon Estate Zinfandel Cougar Hill Vineyards 2011

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    Spicy, earthy, and balsamic on the nose with layers of sour plum, beef, mineral and black fruit aromas. the black fruit takes center stage in the mouth as well, along with lovely floral and spice accent notes. This is juicy with some plum skin/ black cherry fruitiness that leads to a rich of modest and slight tannic finish. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Hello Terrence! I find Merlot from Chile to be quite delicious, and budget friendly. This one rocked my socks: http://www.snooth.com/wine/35-south-merlot-reserve-2011/What kind of Merlot do you normally drink?  Read More

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  • Anakena Ona Pinot Noir 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by tpcello7


  • Vina Chocalan Inspira Carmenere 2011

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    A bold nose with spice and pepper on the front end. A mouth feel of complexity. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Vina Chocalan Inspira Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Bright floral with a good amount of aromatic citrus notes, hint of minerality, very floral. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Apaltagua Pinot Noir Reserva 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by angelitaher


  • 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!

    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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