If you’re a lover of good wine, you’ll probably already know that Chardonnay is the most popular white wine worldwide.
This dry, oaky wine is made from Chardonnay wine grapes and sometimes aged in an oak barrel to give it a slightly spicy aftertaste with hints of vanilla.
Anyone who enjoys the taste of tropical fruit will love the flavor of Chardonnay, which often features notes of mango, papaya, pineapple, or passionfruit.
While Chardonnay originated in France (Burgundy, to be exact) and is most often produced in regions such as Chablis, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, and California, you may be surprised to learn that some of the best Chardonnay in the world actually comes from Chile!
Today, I will be sharing with you the 25 most amazing Chilean Chardonnays to please your palate!
Leyda’s Lot 5 Chardonnay wine (2016 vintage) received high praise in the form of a Vivino Wine Style Award in 2016.
This Chardonnay is oak-matured, so it’s not as dry or tannic as some other Chardonnay wines. Instead, the wine delivers a balanced tropical yet buttery flavor.
The Leyda Lot 5 Chardonnay is sustainably produced and fermented in Leyda Valley using wild yeasts, and it pairs incredibly well with poultry dishes featuring turkey and chicken.
The Aristos Duquesa d’A (2013) Chardonnay is produced in Cachapoal Valley. This is another Chardonnay from Chile that will perfectly accompany poultry-based meals.
Thanks to its tropical, balanced flavor, the Aristos Duquesa d’A Chardonnay is very palatable and won’t overpower the taste experience of your meal. However, at 14% to 14.5% alcohol volume, it’s a strong wine that will certainly pack a punch.
Next up, I have the Concha Y Toro Amelia Chardonnay (vintage 2018).
This Chardonnay is very highly rated, with The Wine Advocate awarding this particular vintage a score of 95 out of a possible 100.
Therefore, it’s hardly a surprise that this Chilean Chardonnay, produced in Casablanca Valley, features in my top 25.
Once again, this is a buttery and tropical Chardonnay for pairing with chicken and turkey. Alongside the tropical flavors, you’ll be able to taste notes of oak and vanilla, which help to balance out the overall flavor.
I also highly recommend that any Chilean Chardonnay fans try the Calyptra Gran Reserva Chardonnay (2017). This wine won the Vivino Wine Style Awards in 2020.
The different vintages, all produced in Cachapoal Valley, range between 13.5% and 15% in terms of alcohol volume.
Although this is a dry wine, the bold, tropical flavors are nicely balanced. It is softer than it is acidic, with notes of peach and apricot alongside buttery oak and vanilla.
The Casa Lapostolle Chardonnay (2008) is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a Chilean Chardonnay that strikes a good balance between sweet and dry.
This Chardonnay features notes of apple, pear, and peach, creating a flavor blend that straddles soft and bold.
At 13.5%, this is a relatively strong white wine that you can pair with chicken or turkey for the ultimate taste experience.
This Pandolfi Price Los Patricios Chardonnay (2016 vintage) is another Chilean Chardonnay that is perfect for people who like a balance of dryness and sweetness.
The peach, apple, and apricot flavors come through boldly alongside the 13.5 – 14.5% alcohol volume for a flavorsome and impactful accompaniment to any poultry dish.
However, the overall taste is softened by notes of oak, butter, walnut, and vanilla, so it’s very drinkable and versatile.
The Amayna Chardonnay (2016) is ranked amongst the top 2% of all wines worldwide, making it a worthy choice for my top 25 Chilean Chardonnays.
With tropical notes of pineapple, papaya, mango, lychee, and passionfruit, accompanied by hints of tree fruits including peach, pear, and green apple, this is a soft and fruity wine that sits in the middle of the spectrum between sweet and dry.
Ventisquero’s Tara White 1 Chardonnay (2016 vintage) was the winner of Vivino’s 2019 Wine Style awards, and for good reason.
At 13.1% alcohol volume, this wine is strong enough for those who like to feel their Chardonnay without being too overpowering.
The main fruit notes in this Chardonnay are melon, peach, and apple, although you’ll be able to detect a blend of citrus and earthy notes, too.
The Matetic Corralillo Chardonnay (2018) ranks in the top 5% of wines worldwide, which is no mean feat.
This is a strong Chardonnay with 14% alcohol content, but the oak and tree fruit notes help to create a subtle, fruity flavor that goes well with most meals.
The oak and vanilla notes are offset by sharp citrus flavors for the perfect balance.
Chardonnays can often be quite bold in terms of flavor.
If you’re looking for a Chilean Chardonnay that sits closer to the middle of the lightness to boldness spectrum, the Errazuris Las Pizarras Chardonnay (2018) will be perfect for you.
Apple, pear, and peach blend with lemon and lime, softened by notes of vanilla and oak.
Abolengo’s Curico Valley Chardonnay is perfect for lovers of soft Chardonnay.
The cantaloupe and melon notes, paired with citrus and oak, results in a beautifully balanced flavor to pair with pork, poultry, fish, or even vegetarian dishes.
This 13.5% Leyda Reserva Chardonnay (vintage 2008) is dry and full-bodied to suit lovers of strong, tannic wine.
However, the peach and pear notes with buttery vanilla help to ensure a well-balanced taste experience for most palates.
Antiyal’s Pura Fe Chardonnay Reserva (2018) delivers a very interesting flavor blend, with lychee and passion fruit notes at the forefront, backed up by vanilla, oak, and cream.
This wine is very soft and lighter than most Chardonnays, although it remains quite dry.
The Viña Chocalan Origen Gran Reserva Chardonnay (vintage 2018) is an excellent choice if you’re looking for good value for money.
Its flavors are soft, yet bold, with citrus and vegetal notes that pair especially well with salmon and poultry.
Ranking in the top 9% of wines in Chile, the Puerto Viejo Reserva Especial Chardonnay (2018) manages to be bold without being excessively dry or acidic.
It pairs beautifully with pork, fish, or vegetarian dishes, and the 2018 vintage has better ratings than previous or subsequent years.
The Loma Larga Chardonnay provides the perfect blend of tree fruit, oak, and earthy notes, combining pear, peach, and apple with oak, butterscotch, and honey.
This Chilean Chardonnay is bold, soft, and mildly dry, making it the perfect pairing for poultry.
Tabali’s Reserva Especial Chardonnay (vintage 2013) is a 14% wine that pairs beautifully with roasted poultry as well as salmon, light vegetables, and cheeses.
It is full-bodied with notes of zesty lime and apple. It’s very dry, however, so it won’t be to everyone’s taste.
The Carta Vieja Chardonnay Reserva (2019) is the best vintage of this wine ever produced.
It has a good balance of dryness and sweetness with equal measures of boldness and softness.
Citrus notes contrast with the earthy flavors of honey and cocoa for pairing with roast chicken.
I Wines’ Qu Chardonnay (2020 vintage) is almost as soft as Chardonnay gets, with bold tree fruit and citrus flavors and a slight sweetness.
The 2020 vintage is the best year for this particular wine.
The Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Chardonnay tastes best in its 2016 vintage.
At 14% alcohol content, it is dry, full-bodied, and perfect for pairing with tomato-based pasta dishes.
If you like to prioritize sustainability and organic production with your wine choices, I recommend the Emiliana O Sustainably Farmed Organic Chardonnay (2020).
This wine is neither too dry nor too sweet, with citrus, tree fruit, and oak notes. It works very well with rich fish dishes.
The Arboleda Chardonnay (2018) from Aconcagua Valley is the most recent available vintage of this wine, and also the best.
It is bold, but not overpowering, flavored with pear and apple, and softened with oak and vanilla.
The Montes Alpha Chardonnay (2016) is a popular Chilean Chardonnay with tropical and tree fruit notes, accompanied by mellow oak and butter flavors.
It is mostly soft with a slightly acidic aftertaste and is neither particularly sweet nor dry.
The 2018 vintage of the Errazuriz Max Reserva Chardonnay is slightly on the dry side, with oak and citrus notes at the foreground of the taste experience, followed by hints of pineapple and mango.
It also happens to provide very good value for money.
This Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay (2018) has scored a rating of 93 out of 100 according to critical reviews.
It is soft, bold, and balanced in terms of dryness and sweetness. Its main flavor components are pear, peach, oak, lemon, and lime.