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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.

Main regi­ons
Central Valle with the sub­re­gi­ons of Maule and Maipo

from coun­try reports WEIN+MARKT 3|2024

In Chile, the­re are major dif­fe­ren­ces bet­ween the north and the south in 2024. In the north, the gra­pe har­ve­st star­ted over two weeks ear­lier than usu­al due to a high pres­su­re area that pre­ven­ted rain, which meant that the vines had to be wate­red and crop los­ses of up to 20 per­cent were recor­ded. The sum­mer the­re was very dry and hot, which acce­le­ra­ted ripe­ning. In con­trast, the har­ve­st in cen­tral and sou­thern Chile was delay­ed by 20 days. These regi­ons, inclu­ding Maipo and Colchagua, expe­ri­en­ced a warm, rai­ny win­ter and spring, which led to late and weak bud­ding. The sum­mer remain­ed cool and humid, with an exten­ded ripe­ning peri­od. Despite smal­ler vin­ta­ges, the­re are no sup­p­ly pro­blems accor­ding to importer Johannes Wattler, but it is still too ear­ly to con­clu­si­ve­ly assess the qua­li­ty of the 2024 wines.