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Although a New World region, Chile has had a considerably long history of wine making. Chile has well and truly put itself on the map and is one of the largest exporters of wine in the world.
Spanish varieties were introduced to the country in the 16th century when Chile was colonised, followed by French settlers who brought their own grapes with them in the 18th century. The country has a largely mediterranean climate – warm days and cold nights without much rainfall. The three main wine regions are Maipo, Rapel and Maule, each with varying microclimates and hugely diverse terrain, due to the country being long and slim across the span of South America.
The country has become one of the most sustainable wine producing countries in the world, which is great news for the eco conscious wine drinkers among us. 75% of all exported Chilean wine is sustainably produced, and the country has its own extensive Sustainability Code. Find out more about the delicious, sustainable wine from Chile below.
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As we mentioned earlier, there are three main winemaking regions in Chile, each divided into a number of smaller sub-regions. Chile has such a diverse climate and geography that different grapes are grown in all of them, depending on the soil, temperature and other factors.
Chile is arguably most famous for Cabernet Sauvignon, of which it produces around 300 million litres per year. However, Chile has a variety of diverse grapes thanks to its unusual topography, making the diverse climate suitable for lots of grapes to flourish.
Each wine is individual down to the last sip, and like wine, all of us are individuals with different tastes and flavour preferences. These are some delicious suggestions for food pairings with Chilean wine, if you don’t know where to start:
So far, Chile remains one of the only winemaking countries that is free of the pest phylloxera which wreaked havoc on European vineyards in the late 1800s. These bugs are similar to aphids, and they end up deforming the roots and restricting the flow of nutrients and water to the vine. Chile has managed to avoid infestations of this pes, partly due to being a long and narrow country surrounded by mountains, desert and oceans.
We have curated a stunning variety of Chilean wines to cater to all tastes and palates. A red recommendation is our Lunaka Pinot Noir from Aconcagua Chile: a bright, vibrant red, full bodied with fresh berries on the nose. If Chilean white wine is more to your taste, sample our Lunaka Viognier Reserva from 2018. Slightly floral with some tropical fruit, it has a big textured body and a touch of charming bitterness. These beautiful, diverse wines are just a selection of our collection.
We stock wine that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the UK. We work exclusively with vineyard owners and wine producers, building close working relationships and sourcing only the highest quality wines for our loyal customers. You’re in safe hands with us, there’s no better place to buy Chilean wine online.
Our team has over a century of experience between us in the wine industry, you could say we know our way around a vineyard. We want all our customers to be able to enjoy wines, no matter their budget, taste or dietary requirements, so we work hard to curate collections for all taste buds and price points. There’s no better place to buy Chilean wines online.
If you’d prefer advice in person, we would be more than happy to chat to you in our shop in Cardiff, where one of our friendly experts can find out more about your tastes and discuss what wine would suit you best. On top of our outstanding selection of wine from Chile, we also offer a fantastic array of German and Portuguese wines. We know how difficult it can be to choose when faced with such a diverse collection, which is why we offer mixed cases expertly curated by our knowledgeable team for your enjoyment. You’ll get to enjoy all sorts of wine, and discover new ones in the process.