The beautiful Chilean landscape is home to numerous wine regions. An exotic 800-mile stretch of land contains multiple valleys that are ideal for viticultural endeavors. In fact, the vineyards of Chile are enveloped in a temperate Mediterranean climate, with the average summer temperature resting at a pleasant 59-64 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s no surprise that the wine produced in this area is some of the most prestigious in the world.
Listed below are three of the top Chilean wineries, as well as a little information on each one. If you ever wish to visit Chile or are interested in Chilean wine, we’d love to hear your feedback.
Concha y Toro
Founded by businessman and politician Don Melchor Concha y Toro in 1883, this winery was built upon the concept of quality. Bringing renowned grape varieties from Bordeaux, he partnered with French enologist Monsieur Labouchere to produce a new breed of New World wine. Over the years, the winery has developed a glowing reputation and was actually the world’s first winery to have its shares traded on the New York stock exchange.
Today, Concha y Toro is recognized by Drinks International as “The Most Admired Wine Brand in the World”. Their worldwide acclaim continues to grow each year, with distribution offices in three different continents. Visiting opportunities include tasting, cellar viewings, and full guided tours. For those who wish to experience international wine history, Concha y Toro is a must.
This Chilean winery was founded originally by Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray in 1987. Joined later by Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, the expertise in its founders provides Montes with an air of respect and quality. These four visionaries built upon their dreams and knowledge of wine, growing Montes to the point where its wines were enjoyed in 100 countries worldwide.
Montes also hosts tours and wine tasting. A full visiting experience awaits every type of tourist, with breathtaking views of vast vineyards inside the beautiful Apalta Valley.
Don Emilio Bouchon left Bordeaux, France in 1892, settling his family in the Colchagua Valley. With love for each other and love for quality wine, the family dedicated themselves to the art of winemaking for generations. This production, however, was private for decades. The family’s wine was not released as a brand until the creation of Casa Silva in 1997.
Case Silva has grown tremendously since ‘97, quickly becoming one of the biggest names in Chilean wine. Their original location offers tours of the attractive vineyards and building architecture, with striking views of the Chilean countryside. A restaurant and wine bar is also available for those who wish to experience firsthand the result of one family’s love for wine.