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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Carmenère

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

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

  • Botalcura Winery

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

  • Montes

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

  • Viña Casablanca

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

  • Viña Quebrada de Macul

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

  • Casas del Bosque

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

  • Altair Vineyards & Winery

    Beneath the skies of Alto Cachapoal cool breezes from the foothills of the Andes glide across roc...

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Chile on Snooth

  • Vina Leyda Chardonnay 2014


    A touch phenolic in the nose with green apple and peach notes. Nicely spiced palate of green apple, zesty citrus and juicy pear notes. This shows well in the midpalate with a lot of bright acidity and freshness, and turns toasty on the finish with streaks of oak and burnt lemon peel. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Vina Leyda Chardonnay 2014


    A touch phenolic in the nose with green apple and peach notes. Nicely spiced palate of green apple, zesty citrus and juicy pear notes. This shows well in the midpalate with a lot of bright acidity and freshness, and turns toasty on the finish with streaks of oak and burnt lemon peel. Read More

    Wine review by wjudeacosta

  • Lacaze Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


    A Naked Wines Selection. Opens up with almond, lavender, and rust...that is right, rust, but very complementary so; then rhubarb, very ripe peach, and cherry. Cherry carries over to the palate along with plum and black fruit, medium oaked. Balanced and full in the mouth with a long smooth finish. As it opens, becomes more and more full of spice ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Tres Palacios Carmenere


    Sweet, tastes fishy Read More

    Wine review by jillpickle

  • Manischewitz Cherry NV


    I buy only Manischewitz, but I had one bottle of cherry in my time, it was so so good but I looked everywhere. I had stores to order but no one can get it so I am still trying visiting this site. But I can't order for some reason. Read More

    Wine review by Janiceharris

  • Vina Estampa Reserves Carmenere Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by mattbakhoum

  • Albamar Sauvignon Blanc 2013


    Classic lemon aromas waft from the glass with some green apple and grass notes. This has some flab in the mouth but despite being chunky on entry there is some acidic bit to follow with notes of lemon, pink grapefruit and even a touch of cream towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Santa Rita Organic Reserva Carmenere 2010


    a very smooth and pleasant organic. I will look for another bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Of course we've tried them. For years I didn't care much for the reds ... part I agree with DV about Chile vs Argentina - we always said that Chile was on the wrong side of the mountains.In the past 20 years they've improved immensely. About two weeks ago I was at a tasting of wines from Chile and Argentina and I was simply floored by the qual... Read More

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  • Tonight I attended our second tasting of Chilean wines at the Crystal City Wine Shop in Crystal City, Virginia.  This was a special tasting of wines from the Botalcura Winery in Santiago, Chile - special because the Winemaker Philippe Dubrus was there to introduce the wines.  That's me in a selfie with him below.  This winery has been featured b... 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,, 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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