Featured Region: Maipo Valley, Chile

Shared by Rocky Menge, The Wine Guy | Palmetto Wine Sellers

Chile is not the first country that comes to mind when you think of quality wine. It’s not even the first one you think of in this hemisphere. All of this is understandable. 

Even though wine has been produced for centuries in Chile, for most of its history, the wine has been grocery store quality at best. Starting in the late 1800’s Chile imported vines from France, most notably Cabernet Sauvignon and (what they thought) was Merlot. 

Maipo Valley is home to some of the country’s most prestigious wines. It is often described as the ‘Bordeaux of South America’, and rich, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon is undoubtedly its most celebrated wine style.

The wine is soft and plush with muted tannins and nice fruit. Where most of the Carménère is blended with Cabernet, more and more are bottled as a varietal and those of higher quality are nicely complex and age worthy. 

One of the best reasons to educate yourself on Chilean wine are the incredible values for quality wine this region has to offer. High quality Cabs, red blends and Carménère are available for under $30.00 and many under $20.00. 

We are highlighting a few of our favorites here today, all of them rated 90+ points. I urge you to give us a call and set up a time to taste these great wines. (803) 714-3320

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