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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Viña Casa Tamaya

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

  • Vina Perez Cruz

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

  • Viña Maipo

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

  • Walnut Crest

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

  • Viña Tarapaca

    Viña Tarapacá Ex Zavala came into being in the nineteenth century, in 1874, and was then named "V...

  • 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

  • Montgras Antu Ninquen Syrah 2012

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    This is a Chilean wine which I generally buy few of. Picked this up at Costco when they were out of my go to wine. Antu syrah is fruit forward with lots of dark fruit on the nose and palate. It is surprisingly acidic and ends with a nice tannic bite. Nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Rios de Chile Carmenere Central Valley Chile 2011

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    Beef and gently vegetal on the nose this reminds me of beef stew on the nose with soft shadings of wild berry fruit and wild mushrooms adding detail. Soft and a bit fat in the mouth, theres a nice bed of savoriness covered by the dense and slightly chewy fruit here. Toasty accents and dark fruit saturate the palate with modest tannins and incons... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quintay Carmenere Clava Reserve 2012

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    Youthful and quite fruity on the nose with hints of plummy fruit intertwined with some spicy oak and gently vegetal braised greens notes all bound up with sweet scents of caramel. Rich and a touch sweet on entry with soft tannins and integrated acidity supporting a nice ball of rich if somewhat indistinct dark fruit on the palate. The wood is no... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Korta Carmenere Barrel Selection Reserve Lontue Valley Chile 2010

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    A bit of mushroom on the nose shows the evolution here but this does offer up a fairly complex array of toasted oak, tarry, and gently spice aromas that include hints of green fennel seeds and black cherry and currant fruit. Smooth and polished in the mouth, this retain quite robust black cherry and black currant fruit on the palate with a rich ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Santa Carolina Carmenere Reserve 2013

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    Classic Carmenere on the nose with lovely currant fruit framed with assertive herbal, dill, and minty aromas. A touch soft in the mouth though with good clarity and acids that arrive a bit later on the palate. This is an easy going example, with sparse yet firm tannins that keep this a bit tense and subtly ornery on the palate. The fruit is sim... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Montes Alpha Camenere 2012

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    Fairly intense aromatically, showing off lots of caramelly toasted oak aromas along with paprika and raw beefy accented red berry fruit topped with some bay leaf and oregano . This is smooth, firm and slightly dense in the mouth. Its filled with polished tannins and is well supported by integrated acidity. The flavors are a bit of a one two punc... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cefiro Reserva Carmenere Vina Casablanca 2012

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    A bit tight on the nose with an early hint of minerality followed by black currant and black cherry aromas that are trailing notes of dried thyme, wood smoke, and a hint of clove. Moderately rich in the mouth and well structured, this shows off some well integrated yet firm wood tannins , though it does seem just a touch soft, or perhaps a bit t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Santa Carolina Carmenere Reserva de Familia Valle del Rapel Chile 2012

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    Lovely aromas of dried and braised herbs greet the nose along with layers of toasty and slightly nutty oak, dried mushroom, and very rich and pure currant fruit with a hint of purple plum as a top note. Smooth and to a degree quite restrained considering the aromatics. this is classically structure with some firm but well measured tannins focusi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Well, we can list lots of under or near to $20 cabs, and I think many have been ... ... I think people mentioned Chile generically.  There was Martini, Franciscan, Clos du Val, Waterstone, Buehler... I mean, how many recos do you want? Okay,I'll give you one more:  Eberle.But the takeaway should be that if you want good, complex wines at $20 or... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Conn Creek Herrick Red 2010

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    Good solid Cabernet Syrah and Cabernet Franc blend. This is a wine for all Syrah lovers out there. The Syrah explodes on the mid palate and blankets the mouth with spice and pepper. I'm not a huge fan of Syrah....but it balances nicely with this wine! Cheers! Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • 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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