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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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  • Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2005
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  • De Martino Single Vineyard Carmenere 2005 Front Label
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  • Clos Apalta (torn label) 2005 Front Label
    Clos Apalta (torn label) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
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  • Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
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  • Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
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  • De Martino Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
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  • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
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  • Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Front Label
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  • Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Carmenere 2005 Front Label
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    Carmenere from Chile
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  • Calina Reserva Merlot 2005 Front Label
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  • Vina San Pedro Castillo de Molina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2005 Front Label
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  • MontGras Antu Syrah 2005 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Chile
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  • Haras de Pirque Character Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Haras de Pirque Character Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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  • MontGras Quatro 2005 Front Label
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  • Haras de Pirque Albis 2005 Front Label
    Haras de Pirque Albis 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Maipo Valley, Chile
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  • Santa Rita Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Santa Rita Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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  • Los Vascos Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
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  • Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
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  • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2005 Front Label
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