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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Viña Maipo

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

  • Sant Ema

    In 1917 a young Pedro Pavone-Voglino left his homeland in Italy’s Piamonte wine region and emb...

  • Casa Silva

    Viña Casa Silva is engaged in a continual quest to produce the best possible wines. The Silva fam...

  • Vina Santa Helena

    The mission of Santa Helena is to be a winery that fills with enthusiasm and enchants all its con...

  • La Finca

    Found in Trader Joe's as a regular item. 

  • Castillo de Molina

    Castillo de Molina a reserve wine with an excellent history of quality and innovation that invite...

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Chile on Snooth

  • Sandra celebrated her '100 days until retirement' last night in style. ... ... of Syrah and Malbec from Chile.  I personally am really into these Syrah / Malbec blends lately.    Next up was a stop at the B Side, a small bar where Sandra had a sherry and I had another glass of wine, this time a Malbec.We then saw a movie - Irrational Man which... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Seraphim Valle Central Chile Pinot Noir 2014

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    a little young, should improve with age. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Natura Syrah 2005

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    I found it to be complex and enjoyable. Well balanced with hints of vanilla, chocolate and pepper. A deep purple finish with lots of dark berry notes. I believe it aged very well and was a great price! Read More

    Wine review by angiewilli


  • Casa Silva Sauvignon Gris Vines 1912

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    No written review

    Wine review by mranutbar


  • Vina San Esteban In Situ Reserva Merlot 2005

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    loved it Read More

    Wine review by sgbz86


  • Cousino-Macul Merlot Central Valley 2013

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    This is nicely herbal and earthy in the nose with a hint of smoke behind the red fruit. Quite bright and fruity in the mouth, full with acidity and tart berry flavor, clean and clear and approachable. Flavors are mostly of raspberry, cherry and licorice, with streaks of cedar and cranberry as well. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hacienda Araucano Pinot Noir Reserva 2013

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    A bit tarry and heated on the nose with some green strawberry fruit showing through. Tart cherry and mild strawberry on the palate with some dark fruit showing through as well and a dark berry finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Nice rant D!The other thing to keep in mind is that it truly is possible to ... in many places, including Chile, South Africa, Austria/Hungary, New York, Michigan, Spain, Argentina, and I'm going to see about Mexico in the near future.The problem is that it can't make great or even good wine in EVERY part of those regions.And I'm 100 pct with ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Unoaked vs Oaked Chardonnay


  • Gato Carmenere

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    My first introduction to Carmenere. Quickly has become my favorite red varietal-and a highly underrated one in my opinion. Carmenere is between Pinot Noir and Merlot in terms of flavor profile and tannins. Not a bad wine for giving the grape a try. Read More

    Wine review by Exquisitelyoaked


  • Root:1 Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley 2013

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    Black fruit and black pepper aromas with a bit of a green note and some herb. Quite spicy in the mouth with toast and blackberry flavors and some bright red fruit shocking the front of the palate with fresh acidity and some herbal notes and a finish of black cherry and cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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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