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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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 La Rosa

    Viña La Rosa aims to produce wines of remarkable value in each price range that it offers. All it...

  • Viña Almaviva

    In 1997, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Baron Philippe de R...

  • Valdivieso

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

  • 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...

  • Vina Sena (Robert Mondavi/Eduardo Chadwick)

    In the Spanish language, the word Seña is rich with nuance and meaning. It implies a distinguishi...

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Chile on Snooth

  • Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Sauvignon Blanc 2015


    Chunky papaya, green melon and fresh lime notes on the nose of this fruit forward wine. This is expressive and zesty in the mouth showing good power and length and a mostly citrus palate of lime and grapefruit with a good dose of spice warming the mid-palate and a lightly floral finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Duncan, that would be a good entry into the "and now for something ... ... week ago and to go with our chile rellenos.The '12 En Gobelet is mainly Grenache (63%) with close to equal amounts of syrah, mourvedre, counoise and tannat. There's just a touch of earth, leather and must on the nose. On the tongue this shows lots of bright red fruit, r... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Caiti 2014


    Huge Burgundy coloration with purple/garnet hues. There is huge cherry aromas upon popping the cork and immediately after, this dissipated in favor of blueberry, blackberry, and plumy cherry. Flavors follow suit with a little more spice, albeit subtle, along with super berry flavor, vanilla bean, cocoa, and very mild caramel sweetness....aweso... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Santa Luz Sauvignon Blanc Alba 2015


    some slight nectar on nose, bone dry, with pineapple and green apple notes on palate Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Casas Patronales Carmenere 2014


    2014 vintage as impressive as 2013, medium to full bodied dry Chilean red with dark fruit, earth, and coffee notes, smooth finish for this price point $6 what are you kidding me all day, barefoot and yellowtail got nothing on this one, their Merlot is good too, 87 pts and six bucks at my store Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • Sierra Batuco Red Blend Reserva 2013


    a pleasant taste and blend indicating the wine from Chile is becoming exceptional. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • RBA - Did ever find any wines from Argentina or Chile that you liked - I've some ideas if you are interested. Read More

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  • Reserva Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


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    Wine review by howains

  • Reserva Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Saucignon 2015


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  • Lincourt Sauvignon Blanc 2011


    Lovely wine - delicate floral aromatics are forward as a first impression, with nectarine, tarragon, pink grapefruit and its pith coming in later. The taste follows suit, with a mouth filling viscosity that I'd usually expect from a Chardonnay, suggesting that perhaps there's a tiny bit of residual sugar. But, the wine is far from sweet, and the... Read More

    Wine review by boglebogle

  • 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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