Chile’s geographical, climatic and human characteristics create its unique character and provide unrivaled conditions for the production of quality wine appreciated throughout the world. Chilean wines are created by fertile and generous land with unique and distinctive value of ancestral wisdom and modern technologies to preserve and strengthen the purity, freshness and unparalleled flavors.
Chile can be described as a long, narrow strip of land in southwestern South America. The country has the most transparent skies and important reserves of fresh water in the world. Its unique geographical barriers and climatic condition, together with strict legal regulations, bring the status of a real phytosanitary and agricultural island.
The Atacama Desert in the North, the Andes Mountains to the East, the ice fields of Patagonia in the South and the Pacific Ocean to the West are natural barriers that protect wine and food production. Likewise, the climatic conditions are also exceptional, characterized by diversity of climates from the extreme north to the south, highlighting the Mediterranean climate in central valleys. The wine valleys of Chile extend from north to south, and therefore provide a diverse offer of rich, great quality wines with personality, intense color and delicate aromas.
The history of Chilean wine starts with the arrival of the Spaniards more than 400 years ago, later is influenced by the French in the XIXth century and becomes modernized in the decade of the 70s with the arrival of Miguel Torres, who updates the production methods, provoking development in the use of technology for elaboration of Chilean wines and begins a path of innovation that is accentuated today.
Nowadays Chile is the 4th exporter of bottled wines worldwide and the first of the new world, becoming one of the most well-known among consumers around the world, with a unique seal of Diversity and Quality, Sustainability and Innovation.
Wine producing zones in Chile can be found in different valleys alongside the Andes Mountains (“Andes”), in the valleys that are located between the Andes Mountains and the Mountain Range of the Coast (“Entre Cordilleras”) and finally, on those valleys located on the Chilean coast (“Costa”).
Currently, Chile is expanding its wine offer through the rescue of its Heritage Wines, those that have accompanied the history and traditions of the country. Hidden in old vineyards of Maule, Itata and Biobío, in the south of Chile, white and red vines such as Cinsault, Carignan, País, Moscatel and Semillón, have recently had an important takeoff, much appreciated by critics and consumers.
Wines produced from these old varieties have given a “new air” to our local market, with a sense of origin that we are just beginning to understand.
Some speak of new strains, but in fact they have been planted in the southern fields of Chile for many years. These are vines that, in some cases, easily surpass 100 years. A true wine-making heritage that is making itself been talked about, not only in the specialized media but also among consumers. These strains are being promoted by ProChile, the country's Export Promotion Agency, through different activities, including trade missions to Colombia and the Netherlands this year. Its main objective is to diversify the offer of Chilean wine to the world, and to educate consumers about the country's wine wealth and heritage.