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Whilst the latitude of Chile goes from 17° to 56° south (this is the world’s longest country after all), the majority of wine production takes place between 32 – 38° south. To the west lies the Pacific Ocean, to the east lay the Andes: the valleys between are home to Chile’s viticulture, with topography and climate changing dramatically between neighbouring regions. While Spanish settlers introduced vines to Chile around the 1550s, the influence Chileans returning from their French travels remains today with the dominance of Bordeaux grape varieties. These scions grew on their ‘own root’ and subsequently became very valuable genetic material for the future with the devastation of Phylloxera in Europe in the late 1900.

Even more fortuitous though, was the rediscovery of Carmenère which had all but disappeared from France. Today this grape variety thrives in Chile alongside other international varieties. The presence of the Andes offers a natural source of irrigation to the vineyards, thereby aiding vintage consistency. 

In such favourable conditions, immense investment in knowledge and technology has developed the wine industry dramatically which has been dominated by large corporations. We are seeing the emergence of more artisan projects expressing their own styles and philosophies, but across the board, the wines are known for their freshness, fruitiness and outstanding value at all levels.

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