Chile

Chile

A haven in the 1990s for those with an eye for everyday drinking at great value prices, Chile has kept this string to its bow whilst producing ever more quality wines with exciting potential. 

Cabernet Sauvignon remains at the heart of the industry, but Chile is proving to be an accommodating home for a suite of Old World varieties.

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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    Vibrant and zesty, this is a fresh and lively wine with sumptuous fresh fruit character. Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    Vibrant and zesty, this is a fresh and lively wine with sumptuous fresh fruit character. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central
    • Colchagua Valley
    Fruity notes reminiscent of quince, pear and apricot as well as an intense presence of mandarin and orange zest nuanced with aromas of beeswax and a p... Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central
    • Colchagua Valley
    Fruity notes reminiscent of quince, pear and apricot as well as an intense presence of mandarin and orange zest nuanced with aromas of beeswax and a p... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    Aromas of black plum, blackberry, blueberry and maraschino cherry characterize this wine. The palate is fruity, with juicy and soft tannins. Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    Aromas of black plum, blackberry, blueberry and maraschino cherry characterize this wine. The palate is fruity, with juicy and soft tannins. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    A wonderful ruby red colour with aromas of plums and cherries with subtle hints of spice, chocolate and coffee. Soft and well rounded on the palate wi... Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    A wonderful ruby red colour with aromas of plums and cherries with subtle hints of spice, chocolate and coffee. Soft and well rounded on the palate wi... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    Soft, pale straw in colour; this wine has an intensely floral nose with hints of ripe peach. Full and rounded on the palate ending with a long honey-l... Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    Soft, pale straw in colour; this wine has an intensely floral nose with hints of ripe peach. Full and rounded on the palate ending with a long honey-l... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    Bright plum aromas carry through to a palate that has bags of fruit flavour and a smooth finish. Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    Bright plum aromas carry through to a palate that has bags of fruit flavour and a smooth finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    Fresh, ripe exotic fruit characters abound in this consistently high-quality wine from Chile. Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    Fresh, ripe exotic fruit characters abound in this consistently high-quality wine from Chile. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    • Colchagua
    Dense and complex white offering expressive aromas of spiced pears, peaches, pineapples and honey. Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    • Colchagua
    Dense and complex white offering expressive aromas of spiced pears, peaches, pineapples and honey. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Northern
    • Leyda Valley
    Aromas of lime and grapefruit accompany floral notes, with a crisp texture and delicate mineral character. Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Northern
    • Leyda Valley
    Aromas of lime and grapefruit accompany floral notes, with a crisp texture and delicate mineral character. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central
    • Maule Valley
    This is a complex and serious wine. The nose shows dark fruits, a mixture of spices and some leather. Firm tannins support flavours of bitter chocolat... Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central
    • Maule Valley
    This is a complex and serious wine. The nose shows dark fruits, a mixture of spices and some leather. Firm tannins support flavours of bitter chocolat... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    A beautifully characterful aromatic white from the Central Valley in Chile. Displaying crisp, juicy fruit notes on the palate with good length. Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    A beautifully characterful aromatic white from the Central Valley in Chile. Displaying crisp, juicy fruit notes on the palate with good length. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central
    • Colchagua Valley
    Intense, lively nose of stone fruits, hint of passion fruit and minerals. Excellent mouthfeel, really refreshing with underlying citrus and added trop... Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central
    • Colchagua Valley
    Intense, lively nose of stone fruits, hint of passion fruit and minerals. Excellent mouthfeel, really refreshing with underlying citrus and added trop... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    • Colchagua
    Pater is the flagship wine from the Luis Felipe Edwards portfolio and the 2014 vintage has received stunning recognition from the top wine critics. We... Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    • Colchagua
    Pater is the flagship wine from the Luis Felipe Edwards portfolio and the 2014 vintage has received stunning recognition from the top wine critics. We... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Maule Valley
    A wine with firm structure, plenty of body and black fruit flavours. The variety has benefited hugely from advances in wine making techniques, as it i... Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Maule Valley
    A wine with firm structure, plenty of body and black fruit flavours. The variety has benefited hugely from advances in wine making techniques, as it i... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Northern
    • Leyda Valley
    Supple red fruits on the palate are supported by smokey notes and a crispness on the finish. Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Northern
    • Leyda Valley
    Supple red fruits on the palate are supported by smokey notes and a crispness on the finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    Rich dark cherry and ripe plum flavours on the nose. Smooth, soft and delicious. Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    Rich dark cherry and ripe plum flavours on the nose. Smooth, soft and delicious. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central
    • Colchagua Valley
    Complex, fruity and spicy on the nose, with black pepper and cherries & a subtle note of tobacco. It has a complex elegant fruity palate full of plums... Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central
    • Colchagua Valley
    Complex, fruity and spicy on the nose, with black pepper and cherries & a subtle note of tobacco. It has a complex elegant fruity palate full of plums... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    Refreshing and silky with tremendous body, very good balance, and a vibrant acidity that gives way to a lingering, intense, and enjoyable finish. Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    Refreshing and silky with tremendous body, very good balance, and a vibrant acidity that gives way to a lingering, intense, and enjoyable finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    A deliciously crisp Sauvignon Blanc with the vibrant bouquet so typical of this grape variety. A brilliant find. Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    A deliciously crisp Sauvignon Blanc with the vibrant bouquet so typical of this grape variety. A brilliant find. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    An excellent Merlot with a soft, velvety mouthfeel and a plummy fruit character. Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    An excellent Merlot with a soft, velvety mouthfeel and a plummy fruit character. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Northern Valley
    • Aconcagua
    A well rounded wine that balances spice with blueberry fruit character and firm tannin. The oak brings vanilla to the equation making for a deep and e... Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Northern Valley
    • Aconcagua
    A well rounded wine that balances spice with blueberry fruit character and firm tannin. The oak brings vanilla to the equation making for a deep and e... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    A light body disguises lovely cherry flavour in the mouth. American oak aging gives a subtle, underlying vanilla influence and depth of flavour. Great... Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    A light body disguises lovely cherry flavour in the mouth. American oak aging gives a subtle, underlying vanilla influence and depth of flavour. Great... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central
    • Colchagua Valley
    Pale yellow green in colour with complex, fresh and fruity aromas. This wine displays notes of ripe exotic fruits with hints of apricots and pears. Ve... Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central
    • Colchagua Valley
    Pale yellow green in colour with complex, fresh and fruity aromas. This wine displays notes of ripe exotic fruits with hints of apricots and pears. Ve... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    An easy and moreish well balanced Cabernet with good fruit and long finish. Smooth, fruity and very likeable. Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    An easy and moreish well balanced Cabernet with good fruit and long finish. Smooth, fruity and very likeable. Read More
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It also has its very own grape, the Carmenère, which is all but extinct in its native Bordeaux.  The sky, it would seem, is the limit for the wines of Chile.

History

The Spanish may have imported the vine along with conquistadores, but it took the arrival of the French for wine to take off. Their culture was much in vogue in the Chile of the 19th century and French winemakers were encouraged to impart their ideas. This sowed the seeds of prosperity and, when the worldwide epidemic of phylloxera did not make it to Chile, everywhere was suddenly demanding its wine. However, politics ensured that this golden age was lost and it was not until the fall of Pinochet in 1989 that exports took another spectacular turn.

The Classification System

A system does exist, named the appellation contrôlée in deference to the influence of the French, that divides the wine country into region, sub-region and zone. As with elsewhere in the New World, it is delimited by geography rather than tradition and has little real significance to the consumer as yet. However, as the Colchagua Valley zone within the Rapel Valley sub-region of the Central Valley region begins to flourish, the signs are that one day the classification will carry some weight.

Climate and Conditions

Known for being exceptionally long and thin, only the middle third of Chile produces quality wine. Of more significance is its position between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean and the variations in altitude, temperature and rainfall this brings. The majority of wine regions are hot and dry in summer, harnessing snowmelt from the mountains to water their vines, but cooler climates are being explored with immediate results.

The Wines of Today

Chile continues to produce value for money, enjoyable wines that are the envy of the world.  What they have started to do is add genuine quality and diversity to their range.  Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay remain at the core, but Viognier, Gewürztraminer and, most successfully, Pinot Noir are emerging. Carmenère, only identified as distinct from Merlot in 1994, has given the country a grape of its own. Most exciting of all, domestic consumption remains low and so most of this wine will keep coming our way.

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