A wine producing nation that exists in near perfect seclusion. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the West, the massive Andes Mountains on the East, The Atacama Desert to the North and the frozen Patagonia to the South – these natural barriers have created almost perfect growing conditions. Chile has been a member country of the Six Nations Wine Challenge since 2011 – and continues to show its ability with amazing, rich, full flavoured wines – in particular Rieslings, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Carmenere, Syrah, Cabernet & Red Blends.
Eduardo Brethauer – Chile
Eduardo best describes himself as “Wine taster, foody, traveller, writer, amateur cook and rugby lover”. Eduardo is one of the foremost journalists in the Chilean wine industry. He is owner and Wine Editor of VITIS Magazine, the only technical and international wine magazine in Chile, and Associate Editor of several international wine magazines. He has a deep knowledge about Chilean and worldwide wines. He is always seeking out wines with character and strong identity.
Chile’s winemaking tradition dates back to the mid-16th century—at the time of the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors and Jesuit missionaries. The early settlers and priests had brought with them vitis vinifera vines, which were planted near the Maule and Limari Valleys. Today, Chile is considered one of the most important global producers of fine wine and spirits. With the incredible diversity of its terroirs and its temperate climate, Chile is able to produce premium-quality wines. The northern side of the country is noted for its dryness and aridity, while the south is noticeably more humid and colder. This vast difference in climates ensure the production of a large array of wine grape varieties. Carmenere, Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay all perform consistently for this South American Wine Super-Power.
Wine Regions: 25
Vineyards: 100 approx
Planted Varietals: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Riesling, Viognier, Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sangiovese, Malbec, and Carignan
Climate: The climate has been described as Mediterranean. The climate is varied with the northern regions being very hot and dry compared to the cooler, wetter regions in the south.
Winning Wines from Chile
Below are a selection of winning wines from the Six Nations Wine Challenge since their inclusion.