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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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

  • Casas del Bosque

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

  • Cousiño-macul

    The Cousiño Macul winery is today governed by the sixth generation, direct descendents of its ...

  • Viña La Rosa

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

  • Vina Cremaschi Furlotti

    The tradition of Viña Cremaschi Furlotti starts in Italy with my great-grandfather ", indicates P...

  • Altair Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Vina Perez Cruz

    ARCHITECTURE Pérez Cruz modern installations are reflected in its winery building architecture, ...

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Chile on Snooth

  • CONCHA Y TORO CASILLERO DEL DIABLO CHARDONNAY CASABLANCA VALLEY CHILE 2008 2008

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    This Chardonnay was tasted at six years old and was amazingly young tasting. It's fruit is doing well and has a lemon, toast and honey character. Nice wine for the money. My rating-- 88. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Apaltagua Reserva Malbec 2012

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    Fruity and spicy on the nose with plenty of nuanced nutty, nutmeg tinged oak layered in with blackberry, plum, and black cherry fruit. fruit forward, exuberant and bright in the mouth, this is supported by nicely judged, firm, little tannins and integrated acids that help to show off the spicy character of the fruit here. Rich yet remaining ad... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Root 1 Carmenere 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Vespertius


  • Santa Laura Merlot Reserve Laura Hartwig 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by antoniotorres


  • Sweet Bitch Merlot NV

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    Horrible. I couldn't believe that people were actually enjoying this fruit juice. It should not be even called wine. Absolutely disgusting, what this is, is over sweetened grape fruit juice. Do not buy. Read More

    Wine review by Liata89


  • Montsecano Refugio Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2012

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    There was something funky going on when I opened this. Slightly fizzy and a strange aftertaste I can't really describe. Possibly a second fermentation? I tried it again the night after and the fizz and strange aftertaste were gone and it tasted a little better. However it was far from what I remember tasting back in Santiago. Read More

    Wine review by BradoP


  • Concha Y Toro Cabernet-Syrah Blend Casillero del Diablo 2009

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    We paired this wine with a slow cooked beef burgundy dish. It was light and a little too fruity for a savory beef dish. Kind of acidic too. On its own, it is an interesting full wine. Read More

    Wine review by perfectlywright


  • Rayun Syrah Central Valley 2010

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    This smells hugely candied on the nose with carob, sweet cardamom and Indian spice note, cola and tea accents. It is a veritable spice box. Soft and low on entry, though much drier and more precise than the nose suggests. Slowly some blackberry fruit emerges on the palate, which has some gentle sweet spice character but nothing like the nose. Th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Terra Nova Carménère 2004

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    Wine review by roboj


  • Meli Carignane Maule Valley Chile 2012

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    90% Carignane, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon My 7/8, the groups 1/8 Deep and focused on the nose with an earthy core, smoky nuance, and wild plum and wild cherry aromas. On the palate this comes off as a bit tannic and extracted, leading to a mid-palate thats a bit hollow. Darkly fruited and inelegant, this finishes with bitterness and vanilla, and wo... 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!

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  • 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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