Chilean viticulture dates back to the 1850s, when a wave of French immigrants settled in the Santiago region, bringing with them native French grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Pushed by internal pride and pulled by international investment, Chilean wines are climbing the price and quality ladders. The country's great strength remains the clean, fresh, fruity character of its wines, which marry well with food and are perfect for everyday drinking.
Reds are Chile's strongest suit; most should be drunk within three years of the vintage and enjoyed for their well-defined fruit flavors and refreshing textures.
Moving beyond the value wines on which Chile has established its reputation, a number of producers are now making some exceptional wines in higher price categories.
WineSpectator.com seeks an assistant editor in its New York City office to help develop content for its website, e-mail newsletters, social media platforms and apps. Candidates should have one to three years of journalism experience in a digital environment and be able to handle daily deadlines. Get more details.
Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions
New! Ratings Flash | New! Unfiltered