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 »

Mentor for Chilean Wines

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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...

  • Vina Santa Helena

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

  • Viña Maipo

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

  • Viña Santa Carolina

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

  • Veranda

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

  • Viña Quebrada de Macul

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

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Chile on Snooth

  • I have been lurking for the past few months but have decided to be a ... and ... and some daily drinkers from Chile and Argentina. I have visited Napa, Sonoma and Paso a few times in the past 5 years but look forward to continue to expand my knowledge and experience here! Thank you all for sharing your insight and knowledge. Cheers! &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth


  • DV - We did the Tauck 'Essence of South America' tour last year (about ... March 2014) which took us to Chile, Argentina and Brazil in that order.  The tour stopped in the following cities / locations:  Santiago, Chile; Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas, Chile; crossed the Andes over to Bariloche, Argentina; then up to Buenos Aires, Argentina; ove... Read More

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  • I should say that we've only been interested in collecting wine in a wine ... ... toured three wineries in Chile, and drank wine in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Iceland, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.  The worst wine we have ever tasted was made in Vietnam.  ... Read More

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  • Kimbao Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 2012

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    Opens with, though not overly unpleasant - wet cloth, then grape, both of which quickly disappear and on with the bright jelly-ish fruit, fudge, cinnamon, and vanilla. Swirl it around and get more cinnamon and minerality. More savory than fruity, with minimum of oak. Dryish and complex with balanced tannins and acidity. Medium to medium light bo... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Angoves 9 Vines Rose

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    No written review

    Wine review by cgolley


  • Casas Patronales Syrah Reserva 2011

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    Good value like most of their wines. Needs some time to breathe. Bone dry but nice medium bodied hearty rustic red with earthy, leathery, and hints of the darkest fruits. 86 / 100 , also interesting to note I have drank 4 bottles and actually have noticed slight variation the previous one was somehow better than the current one. ?? Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Okay Read More

    Wine review by weisserh


  • The 85% rule for Champagne vintage dating brought up the question in my mind ... -- 85% South Africa, Chile -- 75%Of course, the exception for the AVA-designated wines in the US led me to the question of the minimum AVA content for an AVA-designated, wine and the answer to that is 85%.   Everything below is tongue in cheek.  In spite of my ten... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Year Label?


  • EM - I asked my better half if we have ever eaten Morroccan food and she ... of our special wines from Chile.  Anyway, this Sterling cab was very nice, with a luscious mouth feel and good fruit.  The grandkids (Ora and Arthor) were being cute of course, and Sandra's mom loved to see them.  Our son Tom and daughter-in-law Tinah are doing a grea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Primus Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Christmas 2014, from my mother. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • 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!!

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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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