Why God grows his grapes in Chile

Adoki, Idango
October 2003
GP: General Practitioner;10/20/2003, p83
The vineyards of Chile have been described as "God's own vineyard." A long, thin, strip of land in the southwestern coast of South America, Chile is indeed a legitimate contender for the title that has also been claimed by Napa Valley in the U.S. and Bordeaux in France. Chilean wines continue to be the best value for money wines across all price ranges. The country is a thin strip no more than 180 km across. Conditions in Chile range from dry in the north, through temperate and tropical regions to tundra in the south. The vineyards are mostly congregated around Santiago, in the central valley between the Andes and the coastal mountain range to the west. Newer vineyards are being established on the high slopes of the Andes. The most common grapes planted in Chile are the white Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes and red Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere and Pais grapes. Of consistent quality, Chilean wines are a safe bet whenever one feels uncertain about what wine to buy.


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