Chile is a long, skinny country in South America due east of New Zealand. Its wine regions are warm and arid in the north and get cooler and wetter as you make your way south towards Patagonia. It’s greatly impacted by the Pacific Ocean to the West, Atacama Desert in the North, and Andes mountain range to the East. The Andes Mountains are the longest mountain range in the world and run the length of the entire country.

Because of this, Chile’s climate can be divided into three major regions:

  • Costa or Costal regions, which are cool-climate and see fog almost every morning.

  • Andes or Mountain regions, which are kept temperate by fresh mountain breezes.

  • Entre Cordilleras or Central Valley, which has a Mediterranean climate but still experiences cool evenings.