Chile: Articles on Chilean Wine & Wine Regions

Chilean Wine: A Profile of Chilean Wine History, Varietals, Producers & More

Chile's wine heritage dates back to 1548, when Spanish monks brought wine grapes with them to the New World.  The Spanish settlers quickly discovered that their new country's soils and climate were perfect for growing grapes.  By the time Chile declared its independence from Spain in 1810, the Chilean wine industry was well-established and flourishing.

Chilean Wine Recommendations: What Is One Chilean Wine Worth Seeking Out?

IntoWine.com asked our panel of wine experts their recommendation for one Chilean wine worth seeking out (but which won't break the bank):

Occasionally, a wine region reveals a level of promise that speaks to every kind of wine consumer. Today, that wine region is Chile. Forged from several mountainous valleys along the southwest coast of South America, Chile has seen a renaissance in its agricultural heritage with wine. Several producers are harnessing the unique climate and dramatic terroir (mountains, valleys, proximity to the ocean) to make world class wines. One of the most impressive varieties to date has been Syrah. A noted survivor in extreme conditions, Syrah has found a home, if not a palace, in Chile. Find Montes Alpha Series SyrahsOne wine in particular worth trying is the 2006 Montes Alpha Series Syrah. Harvested from a low yield vineyard on the Apalta Valley slopes, this Syrah comes with added punch. A 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Viognier addition in the final blend establishes this wine’s firm tannins with elegance, supported by waves of blueberries, cassis, flowers, and leather. Made for drinking young, this wine could also age well over the next few years. (About $20) – Ben Spencer is a diploma student with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and an IntoWine Featured Writer.

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