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At more than 2,500 miles long and an average of just 110 miles wide, Chile has an enviable geographic and climatic diversity perfect for interesting and varied grape-growing. Bordered by the Atacama Dessert to the north, the Andes Mountains to the east, the Patagonian ice fields to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west Chile is a veritable agricultural island. Famously phylloxera free for its entire wine-producing history, Chile’s dry summers invariably yield exceptionally healthy grapes, and the best of the country’s forward-looking winemakers are turning these into higher quality and better value-for-money wines.

Chile has five principle wine-producing regions: Atacama; Aconcagua; Coquimbo; Central Valley and Southern Chile with each having their own unique sub-regions. Traditionally, most of Chile’s wine production has come from the Central Valley region, which includes the famous Maipo region. It is here where Chile's most important red grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon, produces some of the country’s finest elegant and concentrated wines and some very good Bordeaux blends. In addition to the popular Cabernet and Merlot grape varieties Chile is now beginning to gain a reputation for juicy but elegant Pinot Noirs and rich, stylish Syrahs.

Chardonnay is the most popular white grape variety, and performs particularly well in the cooler regions of the Casablanca and San Antonio valleys. The “genuine” Sauvignon Blanc grape is now finally starting to show its true potential after a replanting programme replaced its lower-quality Sauvignonasse imitator. The best expressions offer styles somewhere between the grassy herbaceous Sancerres of the Loire and the piercing, tropical fruit intensity of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Additional white varietals that are worth seeking out include Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Viognier.

A unique point of difference open to Chilean wine producers is the capacity to exploit the red grape variety Carménère. Originally, a Bordeaux variety (where it has virtually died out now), Carménère was discovered in Chile masquerading as Merlot. A pure, ungrafted variety of impeccable breeding, Carménère has the potential to fly the flag for Chilean wines and remain unchallenged (as yet!) by major plantings anywhere else in the world.

Since 1995 the wine-producing regions of Chile have been officially defined with a Denomination de Origen to help identify the difference in wines produced in different parts of Chile’s variable geography. This has been redefined in recent years to include geographical east/west labelling: Costa (Coastal); Entre Cordilleras (Between Mountains) and Andes. These winemaking laws dictate that varietal labelled wines must contain 85% of the grape variety listed on the label as well as at least 85% from the stated vintage year and from the region of origin. Minimum alcohol levels must be 11.5% abv. or 12% for Reserva or Reserva Especial level wines. Gran Reserva or Reserva Privada must be a minimum of 12.5% abv. in addition to been aged in oak.

 

 

Casa Felipe Carménère 2017

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Casa Felipe Carmenere, from the Viña Luis Felipe Edwards wine company, is made... Read More...
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Casa Felipe Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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The Casa Felipe Sauvignon Blanc is a special blend of this popular grape... Read More...
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Puertas Antiguas Shiraz 2018

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The Puertas Antiguas Shiraz is a ripe, soft-textured Shiraz that bursts with black... Read More...
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Panul Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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The Viñedos Marchigue Panul Sauvignon Blanc made by Errazuriz Ovalle is a zesty,... Read More...
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Panul Merlot 2018

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The Viñedos Marchigue Panul Merlot by Errazuruz Ovalle is an easy drinking, rich... Read More...
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El Campesino Cabernet Carménère 2017

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The Viñedos Errázuriz Ovalle El Campesino red wine is a juicy Cabernet Sauvignon... Read More...
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El Campesino Unoaked Chardonnay 2018

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Viñedos Errázuriz Ovalle 'El Campesino' Unoaked Chardonnay is a lively ripe and refreshing... Read More...
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San Pedro Rosario Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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San Pedro is one of the biggest names in Chilean wine and is part... Read More...
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San Pedro Rosario Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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San Pedro is one of the biggest names in Chilean wine and is... Read More...
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De Martino Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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Founded in the 1934, the De Martino winery has specialised in creating wines... Read More...
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De Martino Estate Merlot 2018

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Founded in the 1934, the De Martino winery has specialised in creating wines... Read More...
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Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend 2013

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The Corralillo Winemakers Blend red wine by Matetic Vineyards is a seamless blend... Read More...
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Morandé Pionero Pinot Noir Reserva 2018

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The Morandé Pionero Pinot Noir Reserva is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes... Read More...
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Morandé Pionero Merlot Reserva 2017

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The Morandé Pionero Merlot Reserva is made from grapes grown in Chile's Maule... Read More...
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Morandé Pionero Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2019

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Grapes for the Morandé Pionero Sauvignon Blanc Reserva are sourced from the Maule... Read More...
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D'Alamel Carmenère Reserva 2016

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The D'Alamel Carmenère Reserva is a great value red wine from the stable... Read More...
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D'Alamel Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2017

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The D'Alamel Sauvignon Blanc Reserva is a great value white wine from the... Read More...
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D'Alamel Merlot Reserva 2017

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The D'Alamel Merlot Reserva is a fantastic everyday drinking Chilean red wine from... Read More...
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D'Alamel Chardonnay Reserva 2017

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The D'Alamel Chardonnay Reserva is a great value white wine produced by the... Read More...
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D'Alamel Rosé Reserva 2018

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The D'Alamel Rosé Reserva is a great value Chilean rosé that is a... Read More...
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Viña Echeverría Pinot Noir Rosé Reserva 2017

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The Viña Echeverría Pinot Noir Rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes... Read More...
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Viña Echeverría Unwooded Chardonnay Reserva 2017

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The Viña Echeverría Unwooded Chardonnay Reserva is made from hand-picked chardonnay grapes grown... Read More...
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Agua Santa Pinot Noir Reserva 2018

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The Agua Santa Pinot Noir Reserva is made by Viña Luís Felipe Edwards... Read More...
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Oveja Negra Winemaker's Selection Cabernet Franc Carménère 2018

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The Oveja Negra Winemaker's Selection range showcases the spirit of a black sheep;... Read More...
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Matetic Corralillo Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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The Corralillo Sauvignon Blanc from Matetic is made with three different clones of... Read More...
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Lapostolle Grand Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Lapostolle Grand Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is made from fruit sourced from vineyards in... Read More...
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Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2015

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The Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot is made from a selection of Merlot (86%),... Read More...
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Lapostolle Grand Selection Carménère 2015

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The Rapel Valley is one of the few places in Chile where the... Read More...
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Lapostolle Grand Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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Lapostolle's Grand Selection Sauvignon Blanc is made from hand harvested grapes grown in... Read More...
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Lapostolle Le Rosé 2017

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Lapostolle's Le Rosé is inspired by the rosé wines of Provence, delicate salmon... Read More...
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Lapostolle Grand Selection Chardonnay 2017

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The Lapostolle Grand Selection Chardonnay is sourced from Chile's cool climate Casablanca Valley... Read More...
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Viña Echeverría Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva 2015

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The Viña Echeverría Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva is made from fruit carefully selected... Read More...
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Viña Echeverría Carménère Gran Reserva 2015

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Viña Echeverría Carménère Gran Reserva is made from 100% Carménère grapes grown in... Read More...
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Viña Echeverría Chardonnay Gran Reserva 2017

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Grapes for the Viña Echeverría Chardonnay Gran Reserva are sourced from a vineyard... Read More...
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Viña Echeverría Merlot Gran Reserva 2015

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The Viña Echeverría Merlot Gran Reserva is made from carefully selected hand picked... Read More...
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Viña Echeverría Syrah Gran Reserva 2015

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The Viña Echeverría Syrah Gran Reserva is made from 100% Syrah grapes sourced... Read More...
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Viña Echeverría Sauvignon Blanc Gran Reserva 2016

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This Viña Echeverría Sauvignon Blanc Gran Reserva is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc... Read More...
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Viña Echeverría Pinot Noir Gran Reserva 2017

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The Viña Echeverria Pinot Noir Gran Reserva is made from carefully selected and... Read More...
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De Martino Legado Reserva Chardonnay 2017

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The De Martino Chardonnay Legado Reserva is sourced from vineyards located on the... Read More...
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De Martino Legado Reserva Carménère 2017

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The De Martino Legado Reserva Carménère is sourced from aged vineyards in the... Read More...
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