Chilean Wine

Chilean wine is wine made in the South American country of Chile. Chile has a long viticultural history for a New World wine region dating to the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines with them as they colonized the region. In the mid-19th century, French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc were introduced. In the early 1980s, a renaissance began with the introduction of stainless steel fermentation tanks and the use of oak barrels for aging. Wine exports grew very quickly as quality wine production increased. The number of wineries has grown from 12 in 1995 to over 70 in 2005.
Posts about Chilean Wine
    • Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks – 10 Nov 2014

      Explore a new wine this weekend! Whether you’re into dry, sweet, red, white, Italian, French or even “Hops”, consider trying our suggestions below! Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks Tom Joe “Hops ‘r Better” Winer Wine: Chalet Type: Red Vineyard: Terror Creek Winery Buy local Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir blend, a lighter red wine, delicious year ’round and served slightly chilled.

      Khristine Claud/ The Vineyard Trailin Pinot Noir Riesling- 3 readers -
    • 2014 Puerto Viejo Sauv Blanc mini review

      2014 Puerto Viejo Sauv Blanc mini review I tasted this one at the recent Chilean Wine event at the ROM and it is one of the wines that stood out. Pale in color with a lovely bold nose with lots of grassy and some citrus notes coming through. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with lovely New Zealand style grassy notes coming through. On the medium ...

      John Galea/ Canadian Wine Guy- 3 readers -
  • RIOS de Chile Wine – Carmenere Reserva a Hit!

    … This summer while in Santa Barbara, I met a fun winemaker from Chile, Vicente Johnson, who was pouring his own Rios de Chile wine for tasting. He was a unique character with great spirits (no pun) and an uplifting energy about him that convinced me to try his wine. Rios de Chile Chardonnay Chardonnay with No Malolactic… At the tasting, I…

    Jenna & Wine | Jenna & Winein Chardonnay- 1 readers -
  • Budget Wine: Frontera Pais Chile 2013

    … If you are familiar with the history of American wines you’ve heard of the Mission grape. This was the varietal grown by the early California missions that was quickly supplanted when Bordeaux varietals, which made more complex, age worthy wines, became available. The very same grape was the most widely planted varietal in Chile, where…

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts- 5 readers -
  • Errazuriz The Blend Collection White

    … Errazuriz The Blend Collection White One of the highlights of a recent meal with Francisco Baetting of Errazuriz. He was rather proud of this (and all the wines on show to be frank) the only wine of its type made in Chile. Strongly Rhone in style being a blend of 55% Roussanne, 30% Marsanne and 15% Viognier offering “hawthorn, white flower…

    Andrew Barrow/ Spittoon- 4 readers -
  • Zurdo Carmenere Merlot Reserva 2013

    … sometimes be a bit disappointing in Chilean wines, but some thing more indistinctly herby, like it’s aiming for mint, but got distracted by basil. It’s not unpleasant, just unusual. The flavour doesn’t linger too long, it’s not a wine to savour. I don’t think it’s one to set aside to develop either. I’d put it in the drink soon category, but if you have…

    Erin Mellor/ Golly's Wine Dropsin Merlot- 7 readers -
  • Budget Wine: Marchigue Carmenere Reserva Colchagua Valley 2012

    … I am a fan of unusual wines, especially when they are inexpensive. With the hundreds if not thousands of wines available on any city block, 1/2 of them tasting so much alike, it is cause for celebration when you find something strikingly different. On that score Carmenere almost always delivers. Although originally a Bordeaux varietal, it is now…

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts- 4 readers -
  • Vino De Eyzaguirre Wine in the Sack Syrah Colchagua Valley 2012

    … Nostalgia is something to be avoided especially when what you long for is unworthy—such as a bottle of red wine enrobed in a straw basket. Back in the day when battery acid mixed with alcohol was considered cultcha, Chianti in straw baskets was the go-to wine when you only had a few bucks in your pocket. So I couldn’t resist this Chilean Syrah—I…

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Artsin Syrah- 11 readers -
  • The Real Frontier of Chilean Wine

    …We spoke with Chilean wine expert, Jake Pippin, the National Chile Manager for premium wine importer Vine Connections. Pippin travels to Chile frequently and observes the wine, regions and terroir. Wines from Chile have been getting attention and it’s no surprise because there is so much good cheap wine available. However, despite the great values…

    Wine Folly- 18 readers -