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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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    Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Maipo Valley, Chile
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    Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere 2015
    Carmenere from Chile
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    Boya Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Sauvignon Blanc from Leyda Valley, San Antonio Valley (Chile), Chile
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    Matetic EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Sauvignon Blanc from Casablanca Valley, Chile
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    Apaltagua Envero Gran Reserva Carmenere 2015
    Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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    Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Limari Valley, Chile
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    Casa Marin Cipreses Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Sauvignon Blanc from San Antonio Valley (Chile), Chile
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    Montsecano Refugio Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley, Chile
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