Conquistadores and Spanish missionaries developed Chilean wine culture upon their arrival in 1548. They needed however to wait for the middle of the 19th century to realize the tremendous Chilean wine potential.
The soil is of high quality and the Andes Cordillera gives the area a climate that is hot and dry, yet tempered by the Pacific ocean. The international grape varieties are consequently being adopted, to the detriment of the país, rural Chilean traditional grape variety.
No other New World wine country has had so prodigious success as Chile these last years, classified as 10th in the worldwide ranking in 2007.