Chili is the second wine producer in Latin America and is known to produce wines very close
to the international quality standards.
Chile is a hot country but the best vineyards are refreshed by sea breezes from the Pacific
Ocean or are high enough in altitude to get a cooler climate in the mountains. Like many
countries in South America Chile has a dry season (from September to April) where not a
single drop of rain falls. How do the vineyards get the water they need? Thanks to the snow-
capped mountains of the Andes! The water coming from the snowmelt of these mountains
irrigates many Chilean vineyards during the dry season. Today more than half of Chilean’s
vineyards are irrigated by meltwaters.
Chile produces amazing young red wines that are today sold everywhere in the world.
Their Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot develop interesting deep colors with aromas of
herbs and spices. Most of them are now aged in oak barrels that give them more complexity
and a better aging potential.
We can also find good expressions of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc but they are
very famous for their Carménère, an old grape variety from the Bordeaux region.
If you don’t live in a wine producing country, it’s very likely that wines from Chile would be
your best option in terms of value for money!