• Chilean wines: product of a winemaking paradise

    Despite being young and flourishing, the Chilean winemaking industry has inherited five hundred years of tradition started by the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. From the 19th century onwards, French varieties that adapted easily to the Chilean climate such as cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot, sauvignon blanc and sémillon were introduced. It is believed that the current varieties are the only surviving ones in the world that date to before the phylloxera epidemic.

    Chilean wines have acquired an importance economic role and great status within the culture of world wine. This has turned Chile into the second largest producer of wine in Latin America thanks to two essential factors: the climate and soil.

    Vineyards in Casablanca, Chile

    The climate, with dry and warm summers and rainy and cold winters, is ideal for grapevines. Also, the vineyards are cooled by the Pacific Ocean and the so-called Humboldt current that flows along the coast towards the north from Antarctic waters. Also, the orography and different types of soils add different nuances to the wines, which means that there are five different winegrowing regions: Atacama, Coquimbo, Aconcagua, the Central Valley, and the South.

    Pouring wine in a glass

    A large amount of wine production is based within the Central Valley region, and consequently, it is home to some of the best wine routes. You can visit the different valleys, tour the wineries and be amazed at the sheer magnitude of the plantations. The main valleys in this areas are Maipo, Cachapoal, Colchagua, Curicó and Maule

    Grapes in the vineyards

    The strong Chilean winemaking tradition stretches from the north to the south of the country, providing innumerable wines that certainly deserve to be tasted.