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First vines planted in Chile

1551 - First vines planted in Chile

According to local lore, Francisco de Aguirre personally planted the first vines in 1551. The priest made sacramental wines by pressing grapes as he hurriedly pursued the conquistadors south. Pais, or mission grapes were the first vines to be planted in Chile. Spanish conquistadors and missionaries brought European Vitis vinifera vines to Chile. The Spanish settlers immediately learned that the land and climate in their new nation were ideal for growing grapes.

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