WITH ITS COOL OCEAN BREEZES, long growing season and unlimited snowmelt, Chile’s Mediterranean climate is a viticulture paradise. Thanks to upgrades in modern winemaking equipment and ideal regions, the South American country is situated to become a top producer in the New World.

A cult-like following of its wines contributes to Chile’s increasing success in international markets. Chile is currently the eighth largest wine producer in the world, rising one spot from just two years ago, according to the International Organization of Vine and Wine. Ranking 17th worldwide in wine consumption, a vast majority of Chilean wines are exported with the United States and United Kingdom as the top importers.

“South America’s Virtuoso” is a feature in the summer 2013 issue of Montage Magazine. Read the full story online.

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