Chile has a long viticultural history for a New World wine region dating to the 16th century. However, their sharp increase in production has been a relatively recent one with the number of wineries growing from only 12 in 1995 to over 70 by 2005. The reasons behind this are varied but the largest, and arguably most prominent, relates to the large amount of French families immigrating to Chile during the late 20th century. The French were able to share their fine tastes and experience with the native Chileans, expanding their knowledge of the wine world. Today, the Chilean wine industry concentrates on French varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot and, increasingly, Carmenere. At House of Townend, with our superb value own label Turi wines and high end wines from producers such as Concha Y Toro, our Chilean range offers both diversity and interesting wines.