Chile is perhaps a country with most unusual geography in the
World. It is like a long narrow ribbon (4,200 kilometers long and 150 kilometers wide)
wedged between Pacific ocean on the western coast and Andes mountains on the eastern border.
It has deserts in the north and Arctic ice in the south. However, Chilean climate
is temperate with long dry summers. Natural nutrient rich fertile soil makes
Chilean vineyards exemplary.
Chilean Wine making tradition is around 400 years. First vines were planted by Spaniards
in sixteenth century. Later French introduced Cabrenet Sauvignon and Merlot to the
Chilean soil in eighteenth century. Today, Chilean Cabrenet Sauvignon is considered
more French than French Cabrenet Sauvignon by some experts. It is because all French
(in fact European) vineyards were destroyed by phylloxera pest in nineteenth century and
Chilean grape-vines were used to replenish the French vineyards.
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