Did you know: Chilean Wine History

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santiago_11.jpegChile has a long, historic viticultural history for a new world wine region that few people are familiar with. This dates back to the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines with them as they colonized the region. French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were introduced in the mid-19th century. Stainless steel fermentation tanks led to a wine renaissance in the early 1980s.
Between 1995 and 2005 the number of wineries grew from 12 to over 70 making Chile the fifth largest exporter of wines in the world and the ninth largest producer with a climate that’s midway between California and France. Today the most common grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère.

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