Chile wine country is one of the first to start wine production from New World wine countries. Spanish conquistadors brought first Vitis Vinifera vines here once they colonized the region. The climate of Chile wine country is evenly dry and warm; vine diseases are rare. Around the city of Chillán, 90% of Chilean wine grows. However, a large part is also distilled for the production of the national drink Pisco.
The Humboldt Current running off the coast ensures that the temperatures do not rise too high and fall at night. The light intensity is high, and the grapes ripen everywhere. These factors lead to a strong concentration of aromas, which is typical of Chilean wines.
However, irrigation is required either by flooding the vineyards or drip irrigation with water from the melting Andean glaciers. The range of grape varieties ranges from Chardonnay to Sauvignon Blanc, whereas the far larger part is planted with red varieties. Above all, Chile is known for Cabernet Sauvignon, which gives cool, full-bodied, tannin-emphasized wines that remind of black currant, eucalyptus, and cedarwood in their aroma.
Wine Tourism in Chile
Fertile Valleys, where vineyards are nestled between the Andes and the ocean coast, premium quality wines, exceptional natural beauty make Chile wine country attractive not only for wine connoisseurs but also a perfect destination for nature lovers.
Discover the flavors of Chile through its wines from the famous Carménère of Central Valley to vigorous Cabernet Sauvignon of Colchagua Valley and many more. Our local partner wineries will guaranty a memorable experience for you.
The Land of Carménère
Coming from Bordeaux to Chile in the 19th century, the Carmenère developed splendidly here. Today, Chilean oenologists strive to make Carmenère a very special, distinctive “Chilean” wine. So, Carmenère grape variety is also on the rise, rarely producing wines under 14.5% and smelling of leather and berry jam. But the heat-resistant Syrah can also be found in Chile, which results in some of the best wines in the country.
Chilean Wine Regions
Chile wine country occupies long narrow land on the western coast of South America. The climate of the country is influenced by the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Chilean wine regions are located along the 1300 km stretch of land from the Atacama Region in the north to the Bio-Bio in the south.
Majority of the Chilean wine regions are allocated in Central Valley of the country, where vineyards are bounded by Andes Mountain Range to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West. On the other hand, Atacama dessert from the north and glaciers of Patagonia from the south provides natural protection for the Vineyards located in Central Valley.
Central Valley of Chile wine country combines regions such as:
Maipo Valley – Located close to Santiago, Maipo Valley is a very popular destination among both locals and tourists.
Rapel Valley – Where you will be able to discover some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines,
Curicó Valley – One of the most important Chilean wine regions that played a big role in paving the way for the expansion of winemaking in other regions.
Maule Valley– One of the Largest Chilean wine regions, which is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards as well as a small quantity of Malbec and Carignan
Don’t miss a chance to visit hidden territories of Souther Valley, where together with the country’s premium wines, you will be enjoying the exceptional natural beauty of Biobio River, Nahuelbuta National Park, and of course, arid steppes, grasslands, and deserts of Patagonia.