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Richard Siddle Chilean adventures in Aconcagua Valley

Published:  06 November, 2010

Safely ensconced in Chile for the inauguration of Errazuriz's new winery Don Maximiano in
Aconcagua. A 24-hour plus journey rather beats the hour and twenty minute jaunt down to William Reed HQ. However. catering and onboard entertainment facilities of Brazilian airline,TAM, on a par with Network South.



Errazuriz wants to be Chile's number one super premium winery by 2020

Published:  06 November, 2010

Chilean wine producer, Errazuriz, has set itself a target of becoming the country's number one sustainable icon and super premium winery by 2020.


Errazuriz still needs to push its premium message, says Eduardo Chadwick

Published:  06 November, 2010

Errazuriz's president, Eduardo Chadwick, still recognises the need, despite the group's international success, to cement its image around the world as a producer of super premium wine.


Wines of Chile unveils 2020 strategy to double sales to $3bn

Published:  06 November, 2010

Wines of Chile has developed a new strategy that it hopes will make it the number one producer of sustainable and diverse premium wine in the New World by 2020.


Sign up now for the Chile Summit 2010

Published:  12 October, 2010

Join Harpers Wine & Spirit for a jam-packed day of masterclasses, educational tasting zones and panel debates at the inaugural Chilean Summit 2010 in association with Wines of Chile.


Head winemaker for Mont Tauch

Published:  24 August, 2010

Mont Tauch, Fitou's largest cooperative, has appointed Jean-Philippe Trollet as head winemaker.


Harpers to discuss UK's role in global wine market at LWIF

Published:  26 April, 2010

The UK's position in the global wine market will be the subject of the Harpers Debate at this year's London International Wine Fair.


Chilean earthquake update

Published:  12 March, 2010

More producers and importers of Chilean wines have been outlining the impact the earthquake has had on their business.


Matthew Clark backs Chile and Rhône in the on-trade

Published:  10 March, 2010


Matthew Clark  sees Chile and the Rhône as the two big winners in the UK on-trade in 2010. 





My Taste: Chile

Published:  22 December, 2009

Carol Emmas reports from a wine tour through Chile.


Carol Emmas- What's hot in Chile

Published:  14 December, 2009

Tarred with the brush of having "safe and reliable" wines, after a recent visit to Chile it was interesting to view how producers are embracing the new diversity that cooler climates are offering. With a near perfect climate for grape growing, vast tracts of land and little disease, Chile is beginning to resemble a giant vinous playground where excited producers can toy around with land and terroir as much as they like.

Felipe Muller-East winemaker at Tabali thinks Limari is going to have the biggest cool climate development in the next decade. "Many wineries are trying to get a piece of the action here and investing heavily," he says. "For one the weather is safe, it's very dry and there is little risk of rain near harvest which is usually a problem."

"It means producers can grow red grapes that in other cold climate areas is impossible."

Muller-East also compares the Limari Valley to Marlborough as the temperature doesn't get above 25 degrees. He explains the soil is alluvial and similar to Bordeaux, Cotes du Rhone and Loire, with plenty of limestone and active calcium carbonate which helps give wines a pronounced minerality.

Experimental projects and ideals differ from winery to winery regarding the best way to plant, and produce their wines. Tabale is big on GPS referencing having bought geologists in to assess the soils and map out the land.  As a purist, his philosophy is to divide the land up into something more akin to a patchwork quilt. "Nature's not a square path and we want to make sure the right grapes are planted in exactly the right areas."

Over in Aconcagua on the other hand, it's all about blending from different terroirs. Family owned winery, Viña St Esteban produces the InSitu brand and is also experimenting with altitude. General manager and winemaker Horacio Vicente Mena, says there is a real difference between red grapes from the valley and the hillsides and these differences complement each other. "The best results are a blend from the hill, which gives softer tannins and the river bed which produces more minty flavours."

Opinions also differ regarding whether to use original rootstocks or grafted. It's a choice that other countries that have suffered the fate of phylloxera don't have. But Chile being phylloxera free does. De Martino are adamant they want to take the risk against disease and stick with the original rootstocks for the sake of authenticity."

Yet Luis Felipe Edwards won't take the risk. "We've spent four times as much as we would have converting our rootstock. This is our livlihood, we don't want to take the risk, if the vines contracted Phylloxera, it would ruin us."

Having different opinions of whether to be organic, bio-dynamic or sustainable, or whether to plant in valleys, hills or on the coast is all part of this young winemaking country's current rich tapestry. This means we are beginning to and will increasingly see a very rich diversity of wine styles and innovation coming this way soon

First promotion for rescued Wine Racks

Published:  07 December, 2009

All of the Wine Rack stores saved from administration by Venus Wine & Spirit are to hold in-store tastings this Saturday (December 12) on a range of promotional wines.


New Taste - LIWF special

Published:  07 May, 2009

Claire Hu and Carol Emmas preview the hottest new product releases at the London International Wine Fair and Distil.


Wine importers urged to stall Indian investment

Published:  23 March, 2009

Foreign importers are being urged not to invest in the Indian wine market until at least 2010 or risk becoming "frustrated" and out of pocket.


News - New Chilean region

Published:  09 February, 2009

Viña Errazuriz has launched its first wine from Chile's new Aconcagua Costa region.


Errazuriz launches new Chilean region

Published:  05 February, 2009

Viña Errazuriz has launched its first wine from Chile's new Aconcagua Costa region.


Chez Bruce comes out top in new Drinking Out Excellence Awards

Published:  23 January, 2009

Chez Bruce has been named as the country's best wine restaurant, after picking up the top prize at the inaugural Drinking Out Excellence Awards this week.


Santa Rita chairman passes away

Published:  30 October, 2008

Don Ricardo Claro, chair of the Santa Rita wine group in Chile, has passed away after suffering a heart attack.


Wines in the Press: From old wines to sweet wines

Published:  21 October, 2008

Jancis Robinson MW gets stuck into some circa 1955 vintage Penfolds, Jonathan Ray cosies up to some big, beefy reds and Jane MacQuitty makes a bid to get dessert wines back onto British tables. Meanwhile, it's the turn of Tim Atkin MW to cast his eye over the new look Oddbins range.


Wines in the Press: Chardonnay and PX are back in vogue

Published:  07 October, 2008

Some unfashionable wines get some good publicity this week; Jancis Robinson sings the praises of sweet Spanish PX varieties and Jamie Goode attempts to reverse some of the damage Bridget Jones has inflicted on Chardonnay in recent years. Elsewhere, last month's Dispatches programme on the use of chemicals in wine is still a talking point; this week Jane MacQuitty has her say.