Chilean wines

Formal Chilean winemaking dates back to the 1500s. Today premium vineyards are located in cooler areas with challenging soil conditions and reduced water supplies that stress the vines. Among the best varietals grown in Chile are Cabernet Sauvignon (ideally suited to Chile’s sandy soil), Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and the indigenous Carmenére. Having both Spanish and French influences, Chilean wines tend to be ripe and fruit-forward in flavor, similar to their Californian counterparts.