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Dramatic geographic and climatic changes from west to east make Chile an exciting frontier for wines of all styles. Chile’s entire western border is Pacific coastline, its center is composed of warm valleys and on its eastern border, are the soaring Andes Mountains.

Chile’s central valleys, sheltered by the costal ranges, and in some parts climbing the eastern slopes of the Andes, remain relatively warm and dry. The conditions are ideal for producing concentrated, full-bodied, aromatic reds rich in black and red fruits. The eponymous Aconcagua Valley—hot and dry—is home to intense red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.

The Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule Valleys specialize in Cabernet and Bordeaux Blends as well as Carmenère, Chile’s unofficial signature grape.

Chilly breezes from the Antarctic Humboldt Current allow the coastal regions of Casablanca Valley and San Antonio Valley to focus on the cool climate loving varieties, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Chile’s Coquimbo region in the far north, containing the Elqui and Limari Valleys, historically focused solely on Pisco production. But here the minimal rainfall, intense sunlight and chilly ocean breezes allow success with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The up-and-coming southern regions of Bio Bio and Itata in the south make excellent Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Spanish settlers, Juan Jufre and Diego Garcia de Cáceres, most likely brought Vitis vinifera (Europe’s wine producing vine species) to the Central Valley of Chile sometime in the 1550s. One fun fact about Chile is that its natural geographical borders have allowed it to avoid phylloxera and as a result, vines are often planted on their own rootstock rather than grafted.

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  • Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Carmenere Reserva 2018  Front Label
    Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Carmenere Reserva 2018
    Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Casa Silva Cuvee Colchagua Carmenere 2018  Front Label
    Casa Silva Cuvee Colchagua Carmenere 2018
    Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Hacienda Araucano Reserva Carmenere 2019  Front Label
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  • Root 1 Carmenere 2018 Front Label
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    • TerraNoble CA1 Andes Carmenere 2015  Front Label
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    • Apaltagua Envero Gran Reserva Carmenere 2018  Front Label
      Apaltagua Envero Gran Reserva Carmenere 2018
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    • Hacienda Araucano Alka Carmenere 2015 Front Label
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    • Maquis Carmenere 2017  Front Label
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    • TerraNoble CA2 Costa Carmenere 2016  Front Label
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      • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Carmenere 2019  Front Label
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        • La Playa Axel Carmenere 2018  Front Label
          La Playa Axel Carmenere 2018
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          • De Martino Legado Carmenere 2019  Front Label
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            • Montes Alpha Series Carmenere 2016  Front Label
              Montes Alpha Series Carmenere 2016
              Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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