Photo: Chile Wine
The nation sold more than 185 million gallons of wine in 2010, making $1.5 Billion in revenue according to ‘Vinos de Chile.’
The United Kingdom proved to be the main buyer of Chilean wine in 2010.
Chile has a wonderful climate for growing wine grapes.The nation’s climate varies from the heat of the arid, rocky, mountainous Atacama desert to the the icy, cold, Antarctic expanse in the south. Chile’s vineyards bloom in the warm, fertile valleys that are located between the two areas. Grapes for wine, and lots of table grapes and raisin varieties grow in Chile’s warm, fertile valleys, but the best wine grapes come from hillside plantings, upper elevations and cooler coastal regions.
Viticulture has been established in Chile for centuries and there are a wide selection of global wine varieties planted, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and many more. Many of the wine grapes that were believed to be Merlot, have been determined to be Carmenère, which is a seldom planted variety of Bordeaux.