Chile is often quoted as being a wine maker’s paradise. Low costs, dependable weather and lack of pests and diseases make it a source of envy for much of the Old World. These factors combined with a plentiful supply of snow melt from the Andes as a regular supply of water, have allowed Chile to become one of the finest sources for well-priced, excellent quality varietal wines; adored for their ripe and fruity, generous character.
Vines were first planted in Chile by Spanish Conquistadores in the mid-16th Century. However the French varietals which dominate the winemaking landscape today were first introduced by Don Silvestre Ochagavia Echazarreta, returning from his studies in Europe. The vines adapted easily to Chile’s climate and soils and today, they are thought to be one of the few pre-phylloxera clones existing in the world. Chile’s return to democracy in the early 1990’s fuelled economic growth which has enabled the Chilean wine industry to flourish in the modern world. The industry is now maturing, and as more attention is paid to matching grape varieties to location, we believe the wines of Chile are getting better and better!
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