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Chile Carmenere Wine

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Discover the deep, rich flavors of Chile Carmenere Wine, a varietal that has become a symbol of Chilean winemaking excellence. Known for its bold notes of dark fruit, spice, and a hint of chocolate, Carmenere thrives in Chile’s unique terroir. Our collection offers a selection of the finest Carmeneres, perfect for those looking to explore this distinctive red wine. Shop now and experience the lush, velvety textures that Carmenere lovers adore.


  • Vina Ventisquero Queulat Carménère 2021

    $29.16
    or $27.70 in case of 12 bottles.
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  • Vina Ventisquero Reserva Carménère 2022

    $23.33
    or $22.16 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Vina Ventisquero Reserva Carménère 2022

    $23.33
    or $22.16 in case of 12 bottles.
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  • Inama Carmenère Più IGT 2020

    $39.99
    or $37.99 in case of 12 bottles.
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Chilean Carmenere, once mistaken for Merlot, has flourished into the flagship grape of Chile after its rediscovery in the mid-1990s. Originating from Bordeaux, France, this variety found its true expression in the warmer, more forgiving climates of Chile, particularly in the Central Valley regions such as Maipo, Colchagua, and Rapel Chilean Carmenere, once mistaken for Merlot, has flourished into the flagship grape of Chile after its rediscovery in the mid-1990s. Originating from Bordeaux, France, this variety found its true expression in the warmer, more forgiving climates of Chile, particularly in the Central Valley regions such as Maipo, Colchagua, and Rapel Valleys. These areas provide the ideal conditions for Carmenere, allowing the grape to mature fully and exhibit its full potential. Carmenere is celebrated for its rich, velvety texture and complex flavor profile, featuring a mix of red and dark fruits, spice, and a distinctive peppery note. The wines often have a deep crimson color and may include subtle earthy undertones, reflecting the character of their specific terroir. Due to its bold, harmonious flavors and smooth tannins, Chilean Carmenere pairs excellently with a variety of meats and hearty dishes, making it a favorite among red wine enthusiasts looking for depth and a lingering finish in their wines. read more... less

Frequently Asked Questions

Which wine regions make the best Chile Carmenere Wine?

The best Chile Carmenere wines are primarily produced in the Central Valley regions, which encompass several smaller valleys known for their ideal wine-growing conditions. Notably: Colchagua Valley is renowned for producing some of the finest Carmenere wines, with optimal growing conditions that include a warm climate moderated by cool coastal breezes and a wide diurnal temperature range that helps maintain acidity levels and enhances flavor development. Maipo Valley is one of the oldest and most prestigious wine regions in Chile, particularly noted for its high-quality red wines including Carmenere. The area’s soils are rich in minerals and the climate is predominantly Mediterranean, which contributes to the production of rich, well-structured Carmenere wines. Rapel Valley, which includes the Cachapoal Valley and parts of Colchagua, also produces excellent examples of Carmenere, known for their bold flavors and aromatic complexity. These regions offer a combination of climatic conditions and soil types that are particularly conducive to growing premium Carmenere grapes, resulting in wines that are both complex and highly expressive of their terroir.

What are the most popular Chile Carmenere Wines?

Among the most popular and internationally acclaimed Chilean Carmenere wines are those from Montes, Casa Lapostolle, and Concha y Toro. Montes Alpha Carmenere is particularly noted for its robustness and depth of flavor, while Casa Lapostolle’s Clos Apalta is a high-end offering that frequently receives critical acclaim for its craftsmanship and exceptional quality. Concha y Toro’s Serie Riberas Carmenere is another popular choice, known for delivering consistent quality at a more accessible price point.

What are the best value Chile Carmenere Wines?

For the best value, consider Carmenere wines from Viña Ventisquero, Santa Rita, and MontGras. These producers offer excellent Carmenere wines that are very affordable without compromising on quality. They are a great introduction to the varietal for those new to Chilean wines and offer excellent quality for their price, making them accessible to a wide range of wine enthusiasts.

What are the foods best paired with Chile Carmenere Wine?

Chile Carmenere wine pairs wonderfully with a variety of hearty dishes. Its rich, spicy profile makes it an ideal match for grilled red meats, barbecue, and robust pasta dishes with red sauces. The wine's earthy notes complement lamb and game, while its slight herbaceous edge can enhance the flavors of herbed stews and rich, vegetable-based dishes like ratatouille. Carmenere also pairs well with spicy dishes from Indian and Mexican cuisines, where the wine’s bold flavors stand up to intense spices and heat. For cheese pairings, opt for aged cheeses that can match the intensity of the wine, such as Gouda or mature Cheddar.