Over the centuries, Chile has been known to have diverse varieties and vine species that have enabled the country to develop and offer a large selection of wines to the world.
Did you know that Chile is the world’s 5th largest wine exporter, with 100 wineries?! The country is known to be a “world class wine destination” – and it is also the 9th largest producer of wine.
Since the first plantation of vines in the beginning of the 16th century by the conquistador Francisco de Aguirre Copiapó, Chile has had significant growth in the number of variety of grapes presented in its territory. Under the colonial period leaded by the Spanish Empire, various types of grapes coming from Spain were introduced to the country with the main purpose of producing Catholic rituals wines in mass. Originating from the north, the vineyards were expanded to Santiago and then moved to the south during the following century, reaching the Bio Bio River.
When you think about Argentina, like most people, you will probably think about the country’s classic dish: a perfectly grilled steak. However – and recently, Argentinean wines have been rising in popularity, catching up to the high-praised Chilean wines.
When you think geographically, Argentina’s climate does indeed have the perfect conditions to produce the best wines in the world. Its high mountains and endless plains allow the country to grow the best grapes, from the snowy peaks in Patagonia in the south of the country to the steppes in the north. From the west to the east, the great vegetation and natural richness of the ecosystem also creates a perfect condition for developing highly productive grape growing acres.