In recent years, Chile has catapulted from relative obscurity to take its place at the head of South America’s winemaking community. The wide variety in wine types, innovative practices in winemaking and developing new vineyards, and ever-increasing popularity in terms of drinking habits means Chilean wines are set to be a staple in a wine lover’s collection for many years to come. The valleys carved out by the many rivers descending from the Andes are ripe for planting vines, with sunshine tempered by cold Pacific winds helping to create some of Chile’s most exciting wines. Carmenere is the signature red grape variety of the region, and the white Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc can be truly world class.