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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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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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...

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

  • Vina Indomita

    Vina Indomita was born with The objective to differentiate ourselves from the other Chilean wine ...

  • Viña La Rosa

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

  • Vina Santa Helena

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

  • Casa Silva

    Viña Casa Silva is engaged in a continual quest to produce the best possible wines. The Silva fam...

  • Casas del Bosque

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

  • Porta Winery

    Viña Porta began in 1954 when the Gutiérrez-Porta family arrived in Chile from Spain and settled ...

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Chile on Snooth

  • In truth, I have no idea what any of those things are, except perhaps acidity, ... the wines of Argentina and Chile was just the luck of the draw when I was gifted with a couple of bottles, and my inability to detect the nuances leaves me little incentive to experiment much.  I have noticed, though, that Malbecs that have been aged in oak barr... Read More

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  • La Palma Cabernet Sauvignon Cachapoal Valley 2006

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    Vino ligero, color a cerezas, con notas de frutilla, pimienta suave y leves notas a chocolate, de taninos suaves, astringencia media y equilibrado al paladar. Read More

    Wine review by justinov


  • Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Carmenere Peumo 2014

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    Dark, brooding and smoky aromas of black pepper spice, dusty blackberry and earthy dark chocolate. This shows more fruit on the palate, with black cherry and blackberry flavors leading the charge amidst smoky earth, zesty cinnamon and cedar box spice and a finish that's somewhat creamy and carries some charred oak and black olive notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Aoyo Reserva Shiraz 2013

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    wine body is heavy, and full of fruit flavor, well balanced, long finish Read More

    Wine review by Joyy


  • Montes Carmenere Alpha 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by neil5561


  • Garage Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Had better for less Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Vista del Luna Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    A recent Tasting Room selection; Purple Red semi-opaque in the glass. Opens with Plum and cider vinegar, then Cherry Spruce and Pecan; Olive and Chocolate; Cut Grass and Herbs; Semi-smooth in the mouth, with balanced, but medium high Tannins and Acidity Long finish of very tart and sour Cherry and then as it opens, a strange Lemon Lime taste. Ve... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Santa Rita Pinot Noir 120 2014

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    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Araucano Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Colchagua Valley 2013

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    Zesty and herbal notes of black pepper and blackberry with an intriguing smoky cedar note. In the mouth this carries quite a bit of fruit, with black cherry and blackberry preserves, milk chocolate and cinnamon on the finish. Spicy, earthy and fruity in one refreshing package. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I've never had a stateside carignan - Chile and France though.  Like it with food a lot.  Great buy and one for my notebook. Read More

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  • 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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