NATIONAL WINE WEEK 2015

Chile

Chile has a long history of wine production dating back to the 16th century, when Spanish conquistadors began planting vines.

Chile has also so far escaped the vine disease which had devastated European vineyards in the late 19th century and California.

The majority of Chilean vineyards are in the central part of the country and unlike most other countries, the vines have not been grafted, so remain pure.

Chile is famous for its fruity, oaked Chardonnay’s and robust, juicy Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Other key varietals are Carmènere, similar to Merlot and the indigenous Pais.

Chile is a land of beautiful contrasts, rich in cultural diversity, and producing some of most exciting and naturally organic wines in the world

This long and very thin country possesses a unique geography that creates a perfect environment for wine making.  Chile’s wine regions lie to the north and south of the capital city Santiago and are blessed with warm sunshine and the cooling influences from the Ocean and the Andes mountains.

Historically famous for its rich Cabernets and Merlots, modern Chile is now also being praised for its ability to impress with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah and its very own red grape Carmenere.

 

 

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