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Chilean wine: quality and diversity, sustainability, innovation and country image
Chile’s exceptional conditions have converted it into a world-class wine producer and one that has ever more followers around the world. From north to south, Chile has more than 1,200 kilometres of wine regions, which benefit from a Mediterranean climate and a vast diversity of soils.
Chile’s geography means that these regions are protected by natural barriers, such as the world’s driest desert to the north, the Andes Mountains to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Patagonian ice fields to the south. All these barriers make it a phytosanitary island and one of the few countries free from phylloxera.
These characteristics ensure that our wines are of exceptional quality and personality: naturally fruity, intense in colour and with delicate aromas. They also enable Chile to make organic and sustainable wines. In fact, Chile has the largest organic vineyards in the world.
The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) ranked Chile as the fourth biggest exporter of wines in 2015.
Wine is Chile’s biggest ambassador worldwide. Chile has been producing wine for over 450 years and its wine exports have been increasing in recent decades. The growth in exports is the result of joint work between the public and private sectors over more than 20 years.
Global Chilean wine exports totalled US$2.0 billion in 2017, 9% higher than in 2016.
Chilean wines are especially going to Asia and China is the foremost market both in Asia and worldwide.
In 2017, Chilean wine exports to China amounted to US$323 million, 28% higher than in 2016 and even has doubled his export in the last 5 years, showing an increase of 115%.
Sustainability is far more than a catchphrase. It is also much broader than taking an ecologically sound approach to grape-growing. It involves close attention to detail in each of the three components required for a healthy company: the environment, the people and the economic bottom line. In response to an industry-wide concern about each of these areas, Wines of Chile has taken a proactive role in guiding the nation’s wineries toward sustainable practices and has sponsored the development of a National Sustainability Code that establishes definitions and guidelines for environmental and social responsibility.
Wineries that meet with rigorous standards will earn the right to include the official “Accredited Sustainable-Wine of Chile” seal on their labels.
Recognition of Quality
In recent years Chilean wines have earned numerous accolades at highly prestigious competitions, including the Decanter World Wine Awards, as well as recognition from influential trade publications such as Wine Spectator. More than 60 Chilean wineries have been awarded 90 or more points in international competitions that have an impact in Asia. Some examples:
In recent decades, the Chilean wine industry has incorporated the latest available technologies in order to make significant efforts not only to improve processes, but also the manual work involved in them.
Vinnova and Tecno Vid have been particularly important in this area. Both technological consortia were dependent on Wines of Chile and worked together with wineries, universities and research centres in order to explore and develop production methods that were more environmentally friendly and resulted in improved viticultural and oenological practices.
Wine is one of Chile’s leading ambassadors in international markets. It is one of the products that represents the qualities of Chilean exports, such as quality, safety, geographical diversity and reliability. It is not without reason that every day 16.9 people around the world drink a glass of Chilean wine. The diversity of soils and grape varieties mean that Chile can offer consumers around the world wines to suit every occasion, place and palate.
Soil & Terroir
With so much geographical variety, the Chilean landscape also offers a vast mosaic of terroirs and soil types. The soils are healthy, well-drained, and have a variety of origins (alluvial, colluvial, fluvial, etc.) and textures (loam, clay, sand and silt).
Despite the relatively dry atmospheric conditions, abundant water for irrigation flows from the eternal ice caps of the Andes Mountains that tower all along Chile’s eastern border.