Chilean wine production arrived with the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th Century, moving from 12 wineries in 1995 to over 70 in the 00’s. Chile is often referred to as a holiday camp for grapes due to its perfect growing climate with the heat during the day and cool nights from the Andes. One of the few countries in the world to not have grafted grapes as it appears impervious to the disease Phylloxera that wiped out most of Europe’s vine stock in the late 1800’s. Lack of grape ‘predators’ means minimal use of chemical intervention.
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