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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

    Now £10.50

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    £10.50

    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

    Now £8.50

    Was £9.00

    £8.50

    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...
  • Carta Vieja Sauvignon Blanc 2016 White Wine

    Carta Vieja Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Now £6.00

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    £6.00

    This Sauvignon just goes from strength to strength when it comes to great valued wine. Achieving an astonishing stand...
  • 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...
  • Oveja Negra Sauvignon Blanc Carmenere Chile

    Oveja Negra Sauvignon Blanc Carmenère 2016

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    £8.50

    Like when you walk into the garden after a long winter to discover lil' daffodils boldly bursting forth in search of ...
  • Terra Noble Merlot Chilean Red Wine 2015

    Terra Noble Merlot 2015

    £7.50

    £7.50

    It's already been a long day. Crawling through the strata of humanity, its voices buzzing through the electric wires,...
  • Terra Noble Reserva Syrah Chilean Red Wine 2014

    Terra Noble Reserva Syrah 2015

    Now £8.55

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    £8.55

    Combine Clint Eastwood's character in the seminal western 'Pale Rider' and pair it with the West African proverb: "Sp...
  • 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

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    £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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