Wines of Chile!
A ‘Geographical Island’ that’s one of the first comments from the Wines of Chile team while 20 plus of us somms were taken on a Magical Mystery Tour in the Atacama Desert. This is a very apt statement when we start to explore the wine regions of Chile. To the North, the Atamaca is the hottest driest pace on earth, to the South we have the Glaciers, the West, the Pacific Ocean and to the East the majestic Andes. A fine set-up for immense diversity (which is why you can’t identify Chile with just one grape variety).
With 2,700 of coastline, it’s fair to say latitude plays a huge part. While wine is made in the Atacama, it’s nominal (just too HOT HOT HOT!) Regions like Maipo, Colchagua and Cachapoal, all part of the Central Valley Region make up for a large part of production and were part of my exploration after the desert. Here is the focus is on Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Carmenere.
Chile also represents amazing value. Here are a few of my favorite producers: Carmen, Valle Secreto, Aquitania, De Martino, Emiliana, Errazuriz, Matetic, and Leyda