With a reputation rising steadily from the mid 1980’s, today Chile celebrates international status and prestige for world recognized fine-wines; Seña (2001) was awarded a staggering 98 Robert Parker Points and was amongst two Chilean wines to take first and second place in the Berlin Wine Tasting of 2004, where 36 international wine experts judged a blind tasting of icon wines. In the Tokyo Wine Tasting of 2006, Chilean wines won four of the top five ranking.
Chile has a rich history for a New World wine region. It’s believed that Spanish conquistadors initially brought Vitis vinifera vines in the 16th Century. In the mid-19th century French fine-wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carménère and Franc were introduced. Impressively, today Chile is the fifth largest exporter of wines in the world, and the seventh largest producer.
Aconcagua Valley is one of Chile’s most prestigious wine growing regions, well known for its red grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. With a Mediterranean climate, and bathed in lush melt water from the Aconcagua Mountain peaks, Aconcagua boasts an ideal terrain with soils of clay and sand to the east and rich granite and clay to the west.
Initially considered the ideal place to plant grapes, Maipo Valley lies between the coastal range and the Andes just south of Chile’s capital Santiago, and boasts some premium producers including Concha y Toro, Santa Rica and Almaviva.
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