Wine in Chile

Chile no longer has anything to envy the great wine producing countries.

Dear French, Spanish or Californian friends, and all wine lovers, you will discover in Chile wines worthy of the greatest châteaux!

The wine culture was imported by the Spanish settlers as early as the 16th century. It is thus 400 years of history and wine culture that now permeates Chilean society.

If the first vine stock was planted in 1551 to produce wine for mass, production gradually developed, opening up to French grape varieties in the nineteenth century, to make Chile today a terroir recognized by connoisseurs.

The climatic and geological conditions are particularly favorable for the cultivation of vines.

Chile is currently the 6th largest producer in the world in terms of volume.

There are about ten wine-producing regions in Chile, of which the most recognized and productive are the Maipo Valley south of Santiago, the Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys south of Valparaiso and the Colchagua Valley around Santa Cruz.

While almost all the French grape varieties are found there, the bulk of the red wines are based on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and what has become a Chilean specialty, Carmenere. Syrah is beginning to impose itself more and more.

White wines are concentrated on Chardonnay and Sauvignon.

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