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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Varietals Produced in Chile View all

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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

  • La Finca

    Found in Trader Joe's as a regular item. 

  • Valdivieso

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

  • Viña Maipo

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

  • Viña Tarapaca

    Viña Tarapacá Ex Zavala came into being in the nineteenth century, in 1874, and was then named "V...

  • 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...

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Chile on Snooth

  • Vina Penalolen Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Had at Noah's Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Terranoble Reserva Carmenere 2012

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    Full bodied, sexy red. Pairs well with strong and/or spicy flavors. Enjoyable as a stand alone drinking wine Read More

    Wine review by goodenpd


  • Apaltagua Chardonnay Unoaked Reserva Casablanca Valley Chile 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by caitlinclaire


  • Viña San Pedro Sauvignon Blanc Lontué Valley Gato Negro 2014

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    Binny's 4/2015. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Lapostolle Carmenere Casa 2012

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    Binny's 4/2015 Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Frontera Pinot Noir 2013

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    Binny's 4/2015. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Antiyal Kuyen Red 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by basil2000


  • Little Owl Carmenere Syrah Reserva

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    Very surprised someone is selling this for $8.49 in NY, I flagged it but it could be true. I don't know if they have different prices in different areas of NYS but it doesn't really add up to me... probably like $11 or $12, but this is good, very full bodied, dry but dark fruity plums and blackberries Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Montes Alpha Camenere 2012

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    Inky ruby in the glass with dark fruits on the nose. Mix of dark and red fruits in the mouth with sharp acididty and a oaky finish. Good effort on this wine but the oak is a bit over done. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • We have enjoyed wines from Chile, even more so since we vacationed there last spring (Chile, Argentina and Brazil).  I really like Malbec and we toured three wineries in Chile on that trip.  Too bad we did not get up to the Mendoza region of Argentina though. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • 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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