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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.

 

 

Panul Sauvignon Blanc 2019

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An extremely refreshing style of Sauvignon Blanc punching way above its weight in the value stakes! Read More...

Panul Merlot 2018

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An easy drinking, rich and juicy style of Merlot from Chile's Colchagua Valley Read More...

Casa Felipe Carménère 2018

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Great value Chilean Carménère from renowned Viña Luis Felipe Edwards... Read More...

Casa Felipe Sauvignon Blanc 2019

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Crisp, aromatic and refreshing Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Perfect with seafood and salads... Read More...

El Campesino Cabernet Carménère 2018

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A juicy Cabernet - Carménère red wine blend packed full of smoky, black fruits... Read More...

El Campesino Unoaked Chardonnay 2018

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A lively wine with bright stone fruit and a touch of creaminess on the palate... Read More...

Puertas Antiguas Shiraz 2019

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This ripe, soft-textured Shiraz bursts with black fruit, violet notes and a hint of peppery spice... Read More...

San Pedro Rosario Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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Teaming with ripe red currants and a touch of spice, this juicy red wine is fantastic value for money... Read More...

San Pedro Rosario Sauvignon Blanc 2019

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Explosive passion fruit aromas and mouth-watering acidity of a classic Chilean Sauvignon Blanc... Read More...

Morandé Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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A unique, luscious late harvest Sauvignon Blanc produced in small quantities only in special years... Read More...

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...

Morandé Pionero Merlot Reserva 2018

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Great value Merlot perfect with Italian dishes, lean red meats, white meats and poultry... Read More...

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...

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...

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...

D'Alamel Merlot Reserva 2018

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Great value Chilean Merlot crafted by award winning producer Lapostolle... Read More...

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...

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...

Morandé Pionero Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2018

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A well-made expression of Reserva Cabernet from Chile's Maule Valley... Read More...

Morandé Pionero Carménère Reserva 2018

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Great value expression of Chile's signature grape... Read More...

Morandé Pionero Chardonnay Reserva 2018

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A fresh and fruity style of Chardonnay from the Colchagua Valley in Chile... Read More...

De Martino Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2019

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A fresh, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc from the cool, coastal Casablanca region of Chile... Read More...

De Martino Estate Merlot 2018

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Intensely flavoured, well balanced and with a long, lingering finish... Read More...

De Martino Estate Carménère 2017

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The Estate Carménère is an excellent example of this emblematic Chilean variety... Read More...

De Martino Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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The Maipo Valley is well-known for its Cabernet Sauvignon wines and this De Martino expression is a cracker... Read More...

Viña Echeverría Pinot Noir Rosé Reserva 2018

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A fruity and quaffable rosé with flavours of red apple and strawberry fruit... Read More...

Viña Echeverría Unwooded Chardonnay Reserva 2018

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A creamy but unoaked Chardonnay, with fresh pear and sweetcorn flavours and a soft finish... Read More...

Agua Santa Pinot Noir Reserva 2018

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Classically structured, with more than a nod to the grape's Burgundian heritage, this is a smooth, supple Pinot Noir... Read More...

Los Camachos Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2019

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An expressive Sauvignon Blanc, with delicate citrus aromas and elegantly textured on the palate... Read More...

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...

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...

Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2015

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

Lapostolle Grand Selection Carménère 2015

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The Rapel Valley is one of the few places in Chile where the... Read More...

Lapostolle Le Rosé 2017

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

Lapostolle Grand Selection Chardonnay 2018

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A refreshing Chardonnay from Chile's cool climate Casablanca Valley... Read More...

Lapostolle Grand Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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Crisp, full-flavoured Sauvignon, perfect with Asian cuisine... Read More...

Matetic Corralillo Sauvignon Blanc 2019

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Great body and elegance with refreshing acidity and juiciness on the long lasting aftertaste... Read More...

Viña Echeverría Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva 2017

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A smooth, silky and savoury Cabernet Sauvignon from the Echeverría family... Read More...

Viña Echeverría Chardonnay Gran Reserva 2018

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Toasty oak and brioche integrated with tropical and spicy fruits with a creamy finish... Read More...

Viña Echeverría Merlot Gran Reserva 2018

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A smooth and savoury style of Merlot showing eucalyptus and red plums on the palate... Read More...