Featured Chile Story | Chile: How Chilean Wine Saved the World
Raise a glass to South America next time you enjoy a European vintage.
Wine-lovers should raise a glass to Chile's freakish geography: Thanks to the country's
isolation on the fringe of South America, its vineyards played an unexpected part
in saving the wine industries of Europe. Production first began here with the Spanish
conquistadors, who planted the first vines from the pips of raisins they'd carried
in their pockets from home. The fertile valleys around Santiago proved ideal for
agriculture, and soon immigrants from Germany and Switzerland were bottling wines
for the local market.
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