Chile has the oldest roots to the history of wine making that has been confirmed to date, there is evidence that the conquistadores brought different grape variations to Chile in the 16th century allowing them to grow vineyards. As expected, different variations such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were soon introduced to the world. Chile’s wine production took a staggering holt during the 1900’s as the government actually banned people from planting any new vineyards between the years 1938 and 1974.
Chile has always took the quantity over quality approach to wine making and has produced many low quality wines which have been exported across the globe for everyone to benefit from. On the other hand some of the Chilean wines have won medals in wine competitions so if you are searching for quality then ensure you do your research. Due to the climate the most common and popular wines to be manufactured in Chile are the ones using the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere grapes.
Over time the production of Chilean wines has significantly improved as in 1995 there were just 12 wineries listed and has grown to over 70 just ten years later and will remain to grow for many years to come.