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Chile has one of the longest viticultural histories in the New World, dating to the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines with them as they colonized the region. Chile is now the fifth largest exporter of wines in the world, and the ninth largest producer. The climate has been described as midway between that of California and France. The most common grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère.
The country is best known for its Cabernets, which can be lush, juicy and approachable. They tend to be great values. Recently, the Chileans have become known for their Carmenères, a French grape variety almost entirely wiped out in its original home region of Bordeaux. Vines were transported to Chile and recently rediscovered; they have been cultivated to produce fruit-forward, soft and smooth red wines with hints of baking spice and herbal elements. The most common white varieties are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. MadWine invites you to explore the amazing values offered from this extraordinary region.