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Types of Chilean Red Wines  

Wineries and vineyards are located in many different areas throughout the world. Although some areas may receive more publicity than others, each vineyard and winery is unique in its own special way. One may be surprised to learn that Chile is home to a number of magnificent wineries and vineyards. For those individuals who appreciate red wines, Chilean red wines may be the perfect type of wine to choose. The following paragraphs will highlight some of the more popular red wine varieties which are produced in the vineyards of Chile.

Cabernet Sauvignon

A popular type of Chilean red wine is Cabernet Sauvignon. This red wine is robust in flavor and can be a little on the dry side, depending on the vineyard which produces the wine and the specific type of wine that it is. One who drinks a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon will often taste red fruits and perhaps oak flavor when drinking this variety of wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is a wonderful compliment to many different foods such as red meat, pasta, seafood and certain poultry dishes.


Another type of Chilean red wine which is often produced in the wineries in the region is Merlot. This is another type of bold wine that may have a dryness to it. The dryness factor will vary from wine to wine as some Merlots may be a bit drier than others. One who drinks Merlot may find that hints of berries and spice are evident within the wine. As with Cabernet Sauvignon, pairing meats and pasta with the Merlot is a wise choice.


Carmenere is a Chilean red wine which has quite a following. This wine variety actually started out being produced in France but found its way to Chile and is now produced in the country by a number of wineries. Carmenere is akin to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in various ways and may be mistaken for either wine by novice wine drinkers. If one is looking to pair Carmenere with particular entrees, this type of wine goes nicely with poultry, spicy sausage varieties, pasta with cheeses, Mexican food and pork.

Cabernet Franc

Some may think that Cabernet Franc would be similar to Cabernet Sauvignon due to sharing part of its name however there are numerous differences between the two. Cabernet Franc is not as bold as Cabernet Sauvignon and has a fruitier overtone to it. This wine also has low tannin levels and more pronounced berry tastes to it. When considering what foods to pair alongside Cabernet Franc, it is wise to choose entrees such as vegetarian meals, poultry and pasta dishes so that each complements the other in an effective manner.

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