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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Jake Pippin

Wine marketing, education professional and Chile Brand Ambassador with Vine Connections with a love of wine old and new. I am wine geek and traveler with an unquenchable desire to explore the world of wine one region and country at a time

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Varietals Produced in Chile View all

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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

  • Walnut Crest

    Rafael and José Guilisasti were visionaries in the late 1990s when they saw that the market was b...

  • Veranda

    VC Family Estates SA has proposed a new concept in wineries. This project, whose central focus is...

  • Viña Casa Tamaya

    Viña Casa Tamaya has a total surface area of 210 hectares, 160 of which are planted to vines and ...

  • Viña Maipo

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

  • Viña Quebrada de Macul

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

  • Viña Santa Carolina

    Viña Santa Carolina was founded in 1875 by spirited, Chilean business visionary, Mr. Luis Pere...

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Chile on Snooth

  • 2013 las prisas cachapoal, chile cabernet sauvignon 2013

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    this is a good example when a Vintor does a good job at blending, making this a very smooth and complex wine. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Montes Sauvignon Blanc Leyda Limited Selection 2013

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    Really very attractive on the nose with nicely layered roasted green chiles, a hint of jalapeno, cut grass ands sweet lemon and lime aromas. In the mouth this displays big acids up front supporting fresh and nuanced flavors of grapefruit and guava with some of the green herbal qualities emerging aromatically in the mouth. the texture is medium f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 90w&s 2011

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    Thumbs up Read More

    Wine review by Sack


  • Chardonnay Casillero del Diablo 2011

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    Better IMO than most domestic Chardonnay's at a similar price level. Not light, but not a high alcohol, high price, stick of butter. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • bru729 - CT is where the guy who pretty much created the market for Spanish ... Italy, France, Australia, Chile and Argentina. Spain is sixth.So there is a market and there is a lot of Spanish wine in the US. I don't know where you shop that you can't find much.Now, you know a vineyard owner. So do I. So do many people. What does that mean? No... Read More

    Forum post in the topic importing Spanish Wine


  • Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc Select Terroir 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Santa Helena Siglo de Oro Chardonnay 2011

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    Good taste and easy handle for beginners Read More

    Wine review by michelles1014


  • Viu Manent Rosé Viu Manent Chile Colchagua Valley 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Austinista


  • Casas del Bosque Chardonnay Reserva 2011

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    this may cause me to be a fan of this chardonnay as I am not known to like white wine as much as this cuvee suggests I should. after being chilled this wine proved to be very well crafted and worth every penny. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Montes Cherub Rosé of Syrah Colchagua Valley 2013

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    Not particularly aromatic with faint suggestions of watermelon floating beneath earthy, lightly spicy and mineral top notes. Round and polished in the mouth, this is a wine of texture. the flavors are subtle, darkly fruited, hinting at chocolate with some meaty and juniper toned accents adding complexity but the main impression one gets here is ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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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