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.
Although Cabernet is by far the most widely planted grape in Chile the “national grape” is Carménère. 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. You will also find these wines to be of excellent quality and offered at a value. Stop by anytime to taste before you buy!