Chile has a long history of wine production, dating back to the 16th century, when the Spanish colonists brought vitis vinifer. Later various French varieties were imported, and in the 20th century, Chile established itself as an important player in the global wine market. Vineyards can be found throughout the country, growing both red and white grapes. The most common varietals are:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Pinot Noir
Although Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape, Carménère has become the signature grape of Chile. Originally a French variety, it was believed to have been lost during the phylloxera epidemic in Europe, but was rediscovered in Chile in the 1990s. You can read more about Carménère in last year’s April Grape of the Month post.
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