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Chilean Wines

Chile is maybe the most perfect country in the world for making wine in. There’s lots of space, a great diversity of geography and climate, an abundance of sunshine, relatively cheap labour, low rainfall and the Pacific Ocean and Andes Mountains, which stop it getting too hot and seem to keep the pests and bugs away.

All this has attracted some of the greatest French, American and Spanish winemakers to invest heavily and the result has been great value wines. Chile has built a trustworthy reputation (or even a “brand identity”), for its beautiful expressions of the classic grape varieties, such as, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. But is there more to this country?

Chile doesn’t consume much of its own wine; in fact consumption per capita is lower than in the UK, which is relatively unusual for a big wine producing nation. This means that Chilean wine can be very commercially driven. But we believe that the truly great wines are made with love. We are also big fans of innovation and experimentation. So it is these two groups that we have sought out for you. We call them “The Lovers” and “The Mad Scientists”.  

In “The Lovers” category, we have reliable Chilean legends like Viña Leyda and Santa Carolina, who make clean single varietal wines that demonstrate Chile’s strength and love. In “The Mad Scientists” category we have De Martino (who are experimenting with ageing wine in clay amphorae despite the threat of earthquakes), Viu Manent (who keep their intriguing blends secret), Pérez Cruz (who love Chile’s adopted grape variety Carménère so much they put it into almost everything) and Oveja Negra (coming soon – who make white wine out of the red Carménère grape).

Which are you? A lover or a mad scientist?

  • Secret de Viu Manent Carmenere 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    This is a guarantee of the full-bodied, smooth, satisfying type of red that Carmenere is so well known for.
  • Oveja Negra Sauvignon Blanc Carmenère 2016

    £9.00

    £9.00

    A frankly weird blend of Sauvignon Blanc and the red grape Carmenére, it is marvellously grapefruit-y, with subtle mineral and herbal notes

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  • Carta Vieja Cabernet Sauvigon Chilean Red Wine

    Carta Vieja Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Chile does a number of things well: it does some pretty nice mountains and it can do miraculous escapes from mines ve...
  • Carta Vieja Merlot Red Wine Chile

    Carta Vieja Merlot 2016

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Another major minor-miracle in the Oddbins wine range and a regular member of our bestsellers list, this is a red tha...
  • Emiliana Natura Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Red Wine

    Emiliana Natura Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Cabernet Sauvignon was the envy of everyone at the gym. Trim, tight tannins and deep, dark fleshed fruit meant this g...
  • Emiliana Natura Carménère 2015 Red Wine

    Emiliana Natura Carmenere 2016

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Carménére is the beautiful stranger that was always there. This enigmatic red grape came from out of no...
  • Emiliana Natura Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Chilean White Wine

    Emiliana Natura Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Now £7.88

    Was £8.75

    £7.88

    The Emiliana Natura Sauvignon Blanc is a transparent yellow in colour with a delightfully complex nose of lime and gr...
  • Emiliana Natura Viognier 2015

    Emiliana Natura Viognier 2015

    £9.00

    £9.00

    We all have that one friend we secretly envy and chances are she has a pretty name like, say... Emiliana. Emiliana is...
  • Los Tortolitos Merlot 2016 Vegan Red Wine

    Los Tortolitos Merlot 2016

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Remember in the 90s when people would talk about Chilean Merlot, "Chilean Merlot it's so expressive, it's like nothin...
  • Los Tortolitos Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Vegan and Vegetarian White Wine

    Los Tortolitos Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £6.50

    £6.50

    For the Spanish aficionados amongst you, you may be aware Los Tortolitos translates as "the Lovebirds." This name der...
  • Merino Movi Limari Chardonnay 2014 White Wine

    Merino Movi Limari Chardonnay 2014

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Born in the Limari Valley, this wine shares this land with the 'Piedras Tacitas'; ancient stones marked by the Diagui...
  • Merino Movi Limari Syrah Chilean Red Wine 2016

    Merino Movi Limari Syrah 2016

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Don't have the wool pulled over your eyes, this is not an advert for merino jumpers. However, this Syrah would certai...
  • Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc Carmenere Chilean Red Wine 2017

    Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc Carmenère 2017

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Oveja Negra, if you hadn't gathered from the black sheep on the label, translates as 'Black Sheep' and that's exactly...
  • Oveja Negra Sauvignon Blanc Carmenere Chile

    Oveja Negra Sauvignon Blanc Carmenère 2016

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Like when you walk into the garden after a long winter to discover lil' daffodils boldly bursting forth in search of ...
  • Perez Cruz Waiki Cabernet 2014 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Pérez Cruz Waiki Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

    £12.25

    £12.25

    This wine takes its name from a curious custom in the Maipo Andes, in which new brides must go to the river, catch a ...
  • Ritual Pinot Noir 2015 Vegan Red Wine

    Ritual Pinot Noir 2015

    £14.50

    £14.50

    Agustin thought his luck was in when he was approached by an eccentric entrepreneur and asked to produce 'as much red...
  • Secret de Viu Manent Carmenere 2015 Vegan Red Wine

    Secret de Viu Manent Carmenere 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    If you've not yet come across a bad Carmenere then there's a very simple reason for this. There aren't many. This is ...
  • Secret de Viu Manent Malbec 2015 Vegan Red Wine

    Secret de Viu Manent Malbec 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Border-hopping Malbec from the other side of the peninsula in Chile. This is very South American anyway. Small wonder...
  • Terra Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Chilean White Wine

    Terra Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £7.50

    £7.50

    David Bowie loved to be musical and was a visual chameleon. Sauvignon Blanc likes to shape shift too. This white grap...
  • Vina Leyda Reserve Pinot Noir Chilean Red Wine 2015

    Viña Leyda Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

    Now £7.50

    Was £10.00

    £7.50

    The Humboldt Current. What can you say? It's a Pacific Ocean current that runs along the coast of Chile that, being a...

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