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Delicious and Affordable Wines from Chile you Want to Try

Vast open lands, breathtaking natural valleys, and a steady climate make Chile’s topography ideal for the cultivation and harvesting of grapes. The Pacific Ocean, the Andes Mountains, and some deserts serve as natural dividers, which allowed Chile’s old wines to be typically ungrafted.

A big portion of Chilean wine is family-produced, giving rise to organic and sustainable viticulture. The main-wine producing regions in Chile are Atacama, Aconcagua, Coquimbo, Central Valley, and the Chilean Patagonia, all areas full of natural valleys that give their wine unique character.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Chile’s dry summers, wet, chilly winters, and soil quality drew many French and American wine producers to set base in these windy, patagonic lands ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon.

Some of the best wines in this variety are Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Erasmo Reserva De Caliboro, and Tarapacá Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon. Erasmo’s wine is an example of organically farmed and family-owned wine, with dark cherry and earthy flavors.

Sauvignon Blanc

Chile’s unique weather favors not only Cabernet Sauvignon production but Sauvignon Blanc. This variety stands out for its tropical, fruity, and slightly herbaceous notes reminiscent of the high temperatures of the Chilean summer. In this variety, some of the favorites are Leyda Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, Matetic Vineyards EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc, and Arboleda Sauvignon Blanc.

Chardonnay

Light, citrusy, and also nutty, Chilean Chardonnays are up to par with many well-renowned wines from around the world. Some of the top picks in this variety are 2018 Viña Aquitania Sol De Sol Chardonnay, slightly pricier but totally worth it, and Casablanca Valley Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay, which is more peachy and refreshing.

Valle de Casablanca Chardonnay 2020 is also a great choice. Its grapes are harvested at night and left in their skin for days before being pressed and fermented for up to nine months, giving this wine almond, pear, and apple notes with a subtle smokey wood aftertaste.

Carmenere

Produced mostly in the Aconcagua Valley, Carmenere wines are earthy and slightly herbaceous with a silky, smooth texture. Some of the best picks for this variety are Errázuriz Aconcagua Alto Carmenere, produced on the East side of the Valley, with notes of paprika, blueberries, and button mushrooms that blend seamlessly and give this variety a unique personality.

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