Chile is known for making some of the most popular Sauvignon Blanc in the world. The wines are light, refreshing, citrusy and enjoyable.
Often more affordable, Chilean Sauvignon Blancs are not as pungent as New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, and a little fruitier than French Sancerre, also made from this grape.
Sauvignon Blanc can have a wide range of flavors, but it is known for its green flavors, which some people love and other people hate. These flavors can be like freshly cut grass, green peppers, or herbs.
The Sauvignon Blancs from Chile do not have as many of those green flavors and instead are more citrus forward. You are more likely to have a wine that is filled with delicious grapefruit, passionfruit, or lime flavors. The wines are typically simple, but enjoyable.
Look for Sauvignon Blancs from the Aconcagua Valley or the Casablanca Valley for some really great examples.
- In the 1990s, scientists realized that almost all of Chile’s Sauvignon Blanc vines were actually Sauvignon Vert, Sauvignonasse, or Sauvignon Gris.
- Chile is the only major winemaking country in the world that hasn’t been damaged by phylloxera.
- The water irrigation of Chile’s vineyards is supplied by the melting snow from the Andes Mountains.
- Because Chile has yet to experience phylloxera, they do not allow plants from other countries to be brought in.
- The Spanish conquistadors brought winemaking to Chile in the 16th Century.