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Chile Wine Country

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.

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Chilean wine regions have carved a niche for themselves in the global wine industry, particularly renowned are the Colchagua Valley, Maipo Valley, and the Elqui Valley. The Colchagua Valley, known for its fine red wines, especially its world-class Carmenere. The Maipo Valley, conveniently located near Santiago, the country's capital, is revered for its exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. Meanwhile, the Elqui Valley, famous for its clear skies, produces high-quality Syrah and is gaining recognition for its unique cool-climate wines. These regions form the backbone of Chile's distinguished wine production.

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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.  

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Vineyards of Santa Ema Winery, one of our local partners from Maipo Valley, Chile wine country

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

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Discover Unique Syrah produced by Polkura Winery in the Colchagua Valley, Chile wine country


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.

Frequently asked questions about Chile wine country

What wine is Chile known for?

The majority of Chilean wines are red and the most common among those is Cabernet Sauvignon. However, the grape variety is huge and you can find grapes ranging from Chardonnay to Sauvignon Blanc.

Does Chile produce a good wine?

If you are looking for cold climate wine varieties Chile is the place. The country is recognized for producing some powerful Cabernet Sauvignons and exceptional value for the money Sauvignon Blancs.

What are the main wine regions of Chile?

There are six main wine regions spreading across the narrow country of Chile. Some of the most important ones are Central Valley Region, Aconcagua Region and Coquimbo Region.

What is the best wine region in Chile?

The Central Valley Region in Chile combines some of the most famous and popular regions. For example, Maipo Valley is a very popular destination among both locals and tourists, Rapel Valley is also famous for some of the best Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon wines or Curicó Valley which is historically one of the most important wine regions of Chile.

What is the most popular wine of Chile?

Chile is considered to be the land of Carménère, it gains more popularity and recognition as Chilean oenologists strive to make Carmenère a very special, distinctive “Chilean” wine with notes of leather and berry jam. Similarly Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah thrive in Chilean terroirs which results in some of the best wines in the country.

Where is the best wine region in Chile?

The Colchagua Valley is widely considered the best wine region in Chile. Located in central Chile, it produces exceptional wines, notably Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere. The region's favorable climate and commitment to quality have earned it a reputation as one of Chile's top wine destinations.

What is the main wine region in Chile?

The main wine region in Chile is the Central Valley, also known as the Valle Central. It encompasses several sub-regions and is known for its diverse microclimates and ideal grape-growing conditions. The Central Valley is a major hub for Chilean wine production, contributing to the country's reputation as a leading wine producer.

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