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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?

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  • Aymura Carmenere 2015

    Aymura Carménère 2016

    £12.75

    £12.75

    250 miles north of Santiago lies Chile's Elqui Valley, which may well have been formed by the work of singer Elkie Brook...
  • Aymura Pinot Noir Chilean Red Wine 2013

    Aymura Pinot Noir 2015

    £15.50

    £15.50

    It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible black... Well, don't come crying to us, Dylan Thom...
  • Emiliana Natura Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Red Wine

    Emiliana Natura Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    £9.50

    £9.50

    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 2018

    £9.50

    £9.50

    Carménére is the beautiful stranger that was always there. This enigmatic red grape came from out of no...
  • Ritual Pinot Noir 2016 Vegan Red Wine

    Ritual Pinot Noir 2016

    £15.50

    £15.50

    Agustin thought his luck was in when he was approached by an eccentric entrepreneur and asked to produce 'as much red...
  • Terra Noble Merlot 2017 Chilean Red Wine

    Terra Noble Merlot 2017

    £7.50

    £7.50

    It's already been a long day. Crawling through the strata of humanity, its voices buzzing through the electric wires,...
  • Vina Leyda Reserve Pinot Noir Chilean Red Wine 2015

    Viña Leyda Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

    £10.00

    £10.00

    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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