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One of South America’s most important wine-producing countries, Chile is a reliable source of both budget-friendly wines and premium bottlings. 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 some time in the 1550s. But Chile’s modern wine industry is largely the result of heavy investment from the 1990s.

Long and narrow, Chile is geographically isolated, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Andes Mountains to the east and the Atacama desert to the north. These natural borders allowed Chile to avoid the disastrous phylloxera infestation in the late 1800s and as a result, vines are often planted on their own rootstock rather than grafted (as is the case in much of the wine producing world).

Chile’s vineyards vary widely in climate and soil type from north to south. The Coquimbo region in the far north contains the Elqui and Limari Valleys, where minimal rainfall and intense sunlight are offset by chilly breezes from the Humboldt Current. While historically focused solely on Pisco production, today this area finds success with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Aconcagua region contains the eponymous Aconcagua Valley—hot and dry and home to full-bodied red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot—as well as Casablanca Valley and San Antonio Valley, which focus on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The Central Valley is home to the Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule Valleys, which produce a wide variety of red and white wines. Maipo in particular is known for Carmenère, Chile’s unofficial signature grape. In the up-and-coming southern regions of Bio Bio and Itata make excellent Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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  • Matetic Corralillo Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Matetic Corralillo Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from San Antonio Valley (Chile), Chile
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  • Primus Carmenere 2010 Front Label
    Primus Carmenere 2010
    Carmenere from Chile
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  • Primus Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
    Primus Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile
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  • Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Bottle Shot
    Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile
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  • Sena  2010 Front Label
    Sena 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
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  • Emiliana Coyam (Certified Biodynamic) 2010 Front Label
    Emiliana Coyam (Certified Biodynamic) 2010
    Other Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Odfjell Aliara 2010 Front Label
    Odfjell Aliara 2010
    Other Red Blends from Chile
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  • Antiyal  2010 Front Label
    Antiyal 2010
    Other Red Blends from Maipo Valley, Chile
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  • De Martino Organic Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2010 Front Label
    De Martino Organic Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Chile
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