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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Casas del Bosque

    Casas del Bosque is located 70 km from Santiago, the capital of Chile, and 30 km from one of t...

  • Viña Quebrada de Macul

    Viña Quebrada de Macul is a "boutique" winery, at the foot of the Andes, and one of the 3 remaini...

  • Botalcura Winery

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

  • Viña Haras de Pirque

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


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

  • Montes

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

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Chile on Snooth

  • Monkey Puzzle Chardonnay 2004


    I sell this Wine in Bali...good feed back..., Read More

    Wine review by jabotica

  • Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    A decent red from California. Not great but very drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by anstett

  • Casas Patronales Carmenere 2013


    I sell this one for $5.99 you can't do much better at that price, medium to full bodied, smooth finish, balanced dark fruit with earthiness. I laugh at people who refuse recommendations on this one and pay $10-12 on something else inferior. 87 points Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2013


    Delicious dry complexbody goes well with spicy asian food. Read More

    Wine review by gretch23

  • Veramonte Ritual Sauvignon Blanc 2013


    Binny's 8/2015. Mary loves it. Which makes me happy cause it's inexpensive (aka CHEAP). Winding down our white wine season here in MI in mid Sept. Not to mean we are done drinking white's. It is just that red wines by in large make you feel warmer. Autumn is close at hand, followed by, yup, winter. BOOOOO! The season for red wine. Thank you, Lord. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    Such a high cost performance, tannin lasts longer, ended comfortable bitterness. Read More

    Wine review by JeffS23

  • Vici Wine & Spirits/Mhw Ltd Chilensis Sauvignon Blanc Reserve


    No written review

    Wine review by emmasrue1

  • A busy week, traveling every sweltering day within Greater Tokyo or to ... and ... and a smidgen of Schezwan chile sauce and soy and turmeric. 350grams of hard 'momen' tofu, a cup of chopped tomato. Stir fried until melded together well in mixture of sesame and canola oils. Too much hassle to cook rice so a couple small slices of day-old pain ... Read More

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  • Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    Explosively bright aromas are full of fruit and are distinctively grapey yet still hold a dimension of other more classic raspberry and cherry fruit with an underlying heat and spice. Round and full in the mouth, this is quite approachable in style yet still elegant, with ripe red and blue fruit taking the lead and showcasing the spice and oak f... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Vina Maipo Syrah Limited Edition 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by waterbased

  • Hey I like this short history on winemaking in Chile. Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite types. Check out my profile page,, 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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