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

  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Castillo de Molina

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

  • La Finca

    Found in Trader Joe's as a regular item. 

  • Viña Casa Rivas

    Winemaking processes at Casa Rivas are oriented to produce Premium quality wines. To this end, ea...

  • Altair Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Château Los Boldos [Vina Los Boldos]

    Los Boldos occupies a 250ha site in one of Chile’s finest viticultural areas – Cachapoal Andes...

  • CREMASCHI FURLOTTI

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

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Chile on Snooth

  • Vina Ventolera Litoral Leyda Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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    This Leyda Valley Sauvignon Blanc was tasted a few weeks back at Marquis Wines ... still going strong on its Chilean muscles. Some machismo evident here... 88 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Denada Cellars Red Blend 2012

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    Carmenere is the overriding grape, here, as it always is.Flavors are characteristic of that verital. Dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • We really enjoyed our Viking River Cruise ; I'm not sure where ... ... down to South America where Chile was the place to see for wine.  I would like to return to Napa in 201 Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard


  • Vina Aquitania Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Didn't care for Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Vina Ventisquero Cabernet Sauvignon Grey Single Block Vineyard 2011

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    Another of the dinner Wines at Perry's. Some of the online reviews of this Wine remark on the fruit forwardness, I found it more earth and mineral driven and very nice. Dense and round in the mouth, with a long finish of soft and well balanced Tannins and Acidity. Dark fruit, smoke and earth, herbs, spice, tobacco, and pepper. By the glass it is... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Viña Cono Sur Chardonnay 2007

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    Love the crisp taste! Read More

    Wine review by angelitaher


  • Viu Manet Carmenere Reserve

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Gato Negro Carmenere 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Ah, another weekend has arrived.  We are having beautiful weather out here ... Argentina, a Pinot Noir from Chile (the same Casablanca Valley we visited last year in our tour of South America), a Bonarda from Argentina, and finally a Malbec Grand Reserva from Argentina.  They didn't have the regular Malbec from Argentina, but we probably would ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Vina Penalolen Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Had at Noah's Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • 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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