Chile's modern-day wine industry was born in the late 19th century, when the country was spared the oidium and phylloxera epidemics that devastated European vineyards. Chile's good fortune led to an influx of experienced French winemakers and soaring demand for Chilean wine overseas. Chile currently counts more than 288,000 acres of vineyards. The following are the major wine-producing valleys of Chile, listed from north to south.
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