Turron de Vino Chilean Red Wine Meringue Dessert Recipe

Turron de Vino is a traditional Chilean dessert also known as Red Wine Meringue.

It’s simple and affordable to make, featuring just 4 ingredients: egg whites, white sugar, red wine and walnuts.

The light and creamy eye-catching purple dessert is served cold in a glass topped with chopped walnuts.

It’s a healthy low fat and high protein dessert option thanks to egg white meringue and crunchy walnuts. The recipe is gluten free and dairy free.

Our quick & easy chilled Turron de Vino recipe takes just 15 minutes to prepare. Enjoy on special occassions like Christmas or as a wine lovers sweet treat any night of the week!

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What Is Turron de Vino?

Turron de Vino is our favourite traditional Chilean dessert recipe.

The easy, no-bake, chilled dessert highlights Chile’s most famous culinary export, full bodied red wine.

Authentic Turron de Vino is quick & easy to prepare, featuring just 4 simple ingredients: red wine, egg white, sugar and walnuts.

Also known as “red wine meringue,” the popular Chilean dessert recipe was made popular during colonial times. It is often served to guests as a sweet treat during the Christmas holiday season or during special celebrations.

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Use egg beaters to make creamy and light Turron de Vino, a Chilean dessert made with red wine and meringue.
Use egg beaters to make creamy and light Turron de Vino, a Chilean dessert made with red wine and meringue.

Travel to Chile by Making Turron de Vino at Home

I love traveling to Latin America.

As a professional food and travel journalist, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy amazing meals in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, from traditional markets to award winning restaurants.

For over ten years, I’ve been on the hunt for the best Chilean dessert recipe. I’ve embarked on culinary adventures at local restaurants in Mexico, CubaBelizeGuatemalaNicaraguaCosta RicaPanamaJamaicaPuerto Rico, Curacao, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.

In Chile, I’ve spooned through pretty glasses of traditional Turron de Vino at restaurants in Santiago, Valparasio, Vina del Mar, Isla del Negra, Pucon, and Isle de Chiloe.

Chilean Red Wine Meringue is known for being creamy and light. Its ingredients contrast nicely, offering delicious results.

Egg whites and sugar are beaten with red wine until they form a cloudy meringue. It gives the Chilean dessert a unique grape flavour. Chopped walnuts add a nutty undertone and crunchy texture.

After enjoying your first few spoonfuls, you’ll realize why a glass of Red Wine Meringue is a must-try when visiting Chile!

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Serve this easy Turron de Vino recipe in glasses then chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
Serve this easy Turron de Vino recipe in glasses then chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

Best Wine To Use In Turron de Vino

Turron de Vino is always prepared with red wine, giving the classic Chilean dessert an attractive light purple colour.

When visiting Santiago it’s easy to visit nearby wineries by hopping on the subway. The towering Andes mountains give way to scenic vineyards. On our visit we enjoyed a tour of Chile’s 8th largest wine producer, Concha Y Toro.

Authentic Turron de Vino should be prepared with a Chilean wine of course. The country is famous for its bold red wines. We recommend using a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere or Syrah.

Health Benefits

This easy Chilean Dessert recipe is low in fat and high in protein.

Eggs contain two vital nutrients that are not present in many foods: iodine and vitamin D. Eggs are also rich in tissue-building protein and vitamin B12, which helps your body manufacture blood cells.

Containing more protein, fibre, vitamin E and calcium that other nuts, walnuts may reduce the risk of heart disease, keep your bones healthy,  and help your body absorb essential nutrients. 

The popular chilled Chilean Dessert is topped with chopped walnuts and served with a spoon.
The popular chilled Chilean Dessert is topped with chopped walnuts and served with a spoon.

My Family Loves Homemade Turron de Vino

My family loves desserts and wine so Turron de Vino is an obvious winner at dinner!

After traveling to Chile I wanted to share my favourite Chilean dessert recipe so prepared this creamy Red Wine Meringue parfait at the cottage in the summer.

I particularly like to make this dessert after I’ve made homemade ice cream as I always have leftover egg whites that need to get used up. It’s also an excellent option if you’ve got a half empty bottle of red wine loitering on your kitchen counter.

Turron de Vino is the best dessert to serve to red wine lovers. It’s rare to spoon through a dessert that tastes like red wine. We find those who have never tried it are surprised and delighted after they taste their first scoop.

Adding chopped nuts over each glass before serving to is ideal as it adds a desirable nutty flavour and addictive crunchy texture.

Turron de Vino is a healthy low fat dessert prepared with red wine, sugar, egg white and walnuts.
Turron de Vino is a healthy low fat dessert prepared with red wine, sugar, egg white and walnuts.

Turron de Vino Recipe Tips

If it’s your first time making Turron de Vino at home be sure to review our detailed step-by-step recipe below. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to get you started.

  • We suggest using a Stand Mixer with a whisk attachement or a Hand Mixer to whip the meringue.
  • Be sure to use a double boiler to avoid cooking the egg white.
  • We suggest using a high quality rubber spatula to help scrape the sides of the bowl once the meringue has formed.
  • We recommend using Chilean red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere or Syrah.
  • We’ve used toasted walnuts as a garnish for this Chilean desert, which is traditional but you could use other nuts like pecans or hazelnuts.
  • You can prepare the recipe the morning of your dinner party and store individual portions in glasses in the fridge until ready to serve.
Turron de Vino is the perfect Chilean dessert to make when you're hosting a dinner party as you can make it in advance and store in the fridge.
Turron de Vino is the perfect Chilean dessert to make when you’re hosting a dinner party as you can make it in advance and store in the fridge.

What To Serve with Red Wine Meringue Chilean Dessert

We suggest serving Turron de Vino on special occasions like birthday parties, Mother’s Day, Fathers Day, Valentine’s Day or Christmas.

The chilled dessert is a light and refreshing after dinner sweet to offer guests on a hot summer day. We often like to serve it with a glass of red wine or sweet dessert wine.

Since Turron de Vino is served with chopped nuts it can make for an excellent accompaniment to a cheese board. If the dessert spread is more substantial feel free to serve Chilean Red Wine Meringue in small espresso cups or even shot glasses.

Now you're an expert on how to make the best traditional Chilean Dessert, Turron de Vino!
Now you’re an expert on how to make the best traditional Chilean Dessert, Turron de Vino!

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How To Make Turron de Vino Chilean Dessert

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Chilean Turron de Vino

How to make Turron de Vino. The easy healthy vegetarian Chilean dessert recipe features creamy red wine meringue and chopped walnuts.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Chilean
Keyword: Turron de Vino
Servings: 8
Calories: 163kcal

Equipment

  • Double boiler
  • Egg beater
  • measuring cups
  • French knife

Ingredients

  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts chopped

Instructions

  • Heat the water in a double boiler to a slow simmer.
  • In the bowl mix the egg whites, sugar and wine. With a handheld mixer, beat slowly until the sugar dissolves.
  • Turn the speed to high and beat until a glossy meringue with hard peaks develops, about 8 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the bowl from the pot and keep beating the meringue at high speeds until it cools down.
  • Add the walnuts on top before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.3g | Protein: 3.7g | Fat: 4.6g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 25.3g | Calcium: 7mg

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