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
    • Wine of the Week 27 – it’s oh so nice to be familiar!

      Cabernet Sauvignon is a wonderful grape. I love the sheer intensity and richness that it can deliver and sometimes I crave wines like the juicy, delicious, fruity New World Cabernets of my youth. Well, recently I have discovered a vibrantly fruity Cabernet that also has structure and elegance, so I have been using it in my wine classes to illustrate what Cabernet is all about ...

      Quentin Sadler's Wine Pagein Cabernet Sauvignon- 4 readers -
    • 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!

    … was especially intrigued by the Rios de Chile Chardonnay. With a toasty nose, round mouthfeel, and straw yellow color, it seemed like a typical oaked Chardonnay that had gone through malolactic fermentation (the malolactic process is what gives Chardonnay its balanced mouthfeel and buttery taste). I overheard him telling another taster that there…

    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

    …, and spice”. Originally, as Francisco explained, the blend was based on Viognier, but over time he has tweaked the components to give “a fuller wine”. Only 500-700 cases are made each year. Grab a bottle of the “drinking beautifully” 2011 vintage from Waitrose and The Whalley Wine Shop. For a food match turn to something fishy – A mixed seafood ravioli…

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

    … I’m a big fan of Zorro. That’s not normally a reason to buy a wine. It’s never a good reason to buy a bottle of wine, but just look at the label on this one. It not only has the “mark of Zorro” on the label, but the Z is back to front so it must have been slashed into place by Zorro actually inside the bottle. All you have to do is open the bottle…

    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

    …, the time is ripe to tell the story of the ‘New Chile’, explore its wines and taste something altogether different. Blaze your own trail through Chile’s wine country and let us know what you find! Links & Sources VIGNO a social movement in Chile’s south for Old Vine Carignan. Find Jake Pippin on twitter. Thanks to photographer Matt Wilson for sharing his images. Matt also runs a progressive Chilean wine tour site. Find TheNewChile on twitter, powered by Vine Connections Wine Folly - Learn about wine and spirits.…

    Wine Folly- 18 readers -
  • Chilean Wine

    … varieties Cabernet Sauvignon , Syrah , Merlot and other well-known varieties such as Pinot Noir, Carmenere is one of the plants that are reimposed to the world. Chile is the only country in the world with Cyprus , whose vineyard is not affected by the phylloxera . Even the false mildew has not yet occurred in Chile. Therefore, fewer chemicals are used…