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Chilean Wine

Learn about Chilean wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...

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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.

Coming Soon: Regions Map. This is not a final layout.
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        • Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
          Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
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          Los Vascos Cromas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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        • Hacienda Araucano Gran Araucano Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
          Hacienda Araucano Gran Araucano Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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        • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Limari Valley, Chile
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        • Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva Etiqueta Negra 2018  Front Label
          Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva Etiqueta Negra 2018
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        • Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
          Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo Valley, Chile
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