In recent years, the wines of Chile have become firmly established on the international wine scene, with the country enjoying certain heightened fame after its wine industry recovered from a devastating earthquake in 2010. The resilience and dynamism of the Chilean wine industry were apparent for all to see, as they quickly responded to the needs of their grape growers by providing accommodation and support in those turbulent times. Chile has, in a relatively short space of time, risen to the forefront of the global wine industry and its growth and progress continues apace.
Traditionally, the country’s reputation was built on value and, particularity in the case of Chilean reds, a forward, ripe, fruity style. However, more recently some impressive and often astounding super-premium wines have been produced, suggesting that the country is really starting to harness the potential of its terroirs. There is still work to be done but in essence, the best examples from Chile now compete favorably with their counterparts in Australia and California for example.
Coquimbo is a prominent wine region of Chile with various sub regions each with their own terroir including Elqui, Limari and Choapa.
Aconcagua is the quintessential Chilean wine region, a 'must see' with its stunning scenery of snow capped peaks overlooking lush vineyards.
Most famous and outstanding wine estates are located in the Valle Central, within the myriad sub regions of Casablanca, Maipo, Maule, Rapel and Curico.