Wine from Chile is particularly characterized by an elegant and silky character, which is precisely due to the proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the Andes. Due to the high altitudes and the cooling sea wind, the grapes slowly ripen to exceptional quality. With about 500 million liters of wine annually, Chile holds the fifth place among wine exporting countries worldwide.
The most famous Chilean wine regions are the Valle Central and the Maipo Valley. The velvety red wines and flowery white wines are clearly the rising stars overseas.
Main grape varieties (WHITE):
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay Fruity, floral yet mild, this is the best way to describe the character of Chilean white wines.
Most important grape varieties (RED)
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere
If there is one variety that emphatically underlines the uniqueness of Chilean wine, it is the old French grape variety Carménère, originally from Bordeaux.
Central Valle with the subregions of Maule and Maipo
Slight decline in production, especially of bulk wine — but ahead of Australia in value and well ahead of South Africa.