With very different terroirs, the strong identity of the Chilean vineyards come from the excellent combination of Pacific Ocean and Andes Cordillera influences.
8th world wine producer with more than 10.5 million hectoliters a year and around 500,000 acres vineyard, Chile is now part of the main wine producing countries.
Stretching over almost 2,670 miles from North to South, Chile gets a unique climate diversity. In order to enjoy the best conditions, the vineyards are concentrated on the central part of the country (like people), on a total distance of around 620 miles. In addition to latitude differences, terroirs are distinct depending if you are at the foot of the Andes or close to the Pacific Ocean, or even between both.
Main grape varieties:
Emblematic variety: Carménère. Imported from France by mistake in the middle of Merlot vine stocks, its real identity was not discovered before the 1990’s. Almost the totality of the Carnénère world production comes from Chile; however it is also produced in other regions of the world.
We have specialized in the three main wine regions: Colchagua, Maipo and Casablanca, which have very different terroirs.
1. Colchagua VALLEY
Situated between the Andes Cordillera and the Coastal Cordillera, midway between sea and mountain, it is certainly the most renowned region for red wines in Chile. Its temperate Mediterranean climate (600 millimeters rain per year) with four real seasons allows the production of balanced red wines. In addition to grape varieties traditionally used in Chile, it is possible to find more and more Malbec and Cabernet Franc, but their production remains anecdotal for the moment.
2. Maipo VALLEY
At the foot of the Andes, very close to the capital city of Santiago, this wine region receives very few rains (315mm/year) and has an important number of sunny days. Consequently, mostly red grapes are produced here, mainly Cabernet Sauvignon.
3. Casablanca VALLEY
Close to the Pacific Ocean, this valley has a Mediterranean climate with a strong coastal influence, more humidity and coolness than the other main wine regions, as well as frequent morning fogs. Consequently, rains are more important (540mm/year) and make this place the ideal terroir for most of white grapes and some red grapes, like Pinot Noir. In addition to the omnipresent Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, it is possible to find excellent wines made with Viognier, Riesling or Gewürztraminer.