Chile is home to a number of winemaking regions, each of which offers its own distinct flavors and charms. Throughout much of the country, vineyards on the coast take advantage of the cooler temperatures to produce white wines, while those located inland rely on warmer weather to produce reds.
The Casablanca Valley serves as the primary white wine region in Chile. Its position in the northern portion of the country is tempered by its proximity to the coast to create the perfect climate for growing wine grapes. Vineyards in Casablanca produce much of Chile's chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, along with lesser-known whites and sparkling wines.
Farther south and inland, you'll find the Maipo Valley, which is Chile's oldest winemaking region and serves as the center of cabernet and merlot production. Santiago, the country's capital, is in the heart of the Maipo Valley, allowing easy access for visitors to this region's 30,000 acres of vineyards.
South of the Maipo Valley is the Rapel region, which is home to the Cachapoal and Colchagua valleys. Carmenere and other favorites are produced here, and Rapel is also home to Apalta, Chile's most recognized vineyard. This area is also the most popular for tourists due to its rich history, rugged terrain and countless vineyards located in close proximity to one another.
Continue to the next page to learn about variety within the Chilean wine industry, as well as the country's signature blend.