Chile: sustainability and innovation

Chilean wine has its roots in the Colonial Era with the arrival of the conquistadors and Spanish missionaries who planted the first vines. It has since developed a great diversification of vines that has led to a strong global presence following decades of work.

During the middle of the 19th century, and thanks to the economic boom, a selection of the finest “scions” were brought to Chile from Europe, just a few decades before the parasite of the great phylloxera plague. This made possible for Carménère (an almost extinct variety) to be developed in secret, in this new world wine country, for over a century among the Merlot varieties.

Chile is a paradise for wine production thanks to its high temperatures in summer and cold and rainy winters. In addition, the Andes Cordillera provides irrigation through snowmelt and a natural barrier against pests and diseases.

This country features one of the finest terroirs in the world with vineyards from the limits of the Atacama Desert to south of the Biobío, displaying a wide diversity of soil types and climates for producing a broad array of wines.

Chile’s vibrant viticulture has historically been concentrated in the Central Valley, a long strip of land closed in by the Andes to the east and the Coastal Mountains to the west, encapsulating this “Between Cordilleras” area. This region offers up a multitude of terroirs defined by a Mediterranean climate, great solar radiation, sedimentary soils, and cool nights, all of which promote a very healthy viticulture and the development of deep red wines with character.

Among the variety of the Valleys of Chile we can mention Aconcagua, CasablancaMaipoColchagua, Elqui, Huasco, San Antonio, Cachapoal, Curico, Maule, Itata, Biobio, Limari, Cautin and Osorno.

Among the chilean grape varieties we can enjoy wines made of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Carmenère, Cinsault, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah.

Within the white grape varieties we can find excellent wines of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier.

(*) Source: winesofchile.org

Our recommendation of Chilean wine

Casas del Bosque Pequeñas Producciones Syrah 2017/2018
This wine was awarded 94 Descorchados points.Grape variety:100 % SyrahTasting notes:Dark purple in color, the nose is initially dominated by notes of toasted oak, then opens up to other notes of blackberry, black pepper and violets. Fleshy and full-bodied, it has a very good tannic structure. The aromas will certainly benefit from careful aging for at least 6 years.Serving temperature:16 – 18 °C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€39.33* / 1 Liter)

€29.50*

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Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2017/2019
This wine was awarded 92 Descorchados points.Grape variety:100% Cabernet SauvignonTasting notes:A wine with firm but perfectly ripe tannins as a result of a warm season. This Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo is characterized by aromas of cassis and mint. Its rich, ripe fruit combines with hints of vanilla and toasty oak. It is a dense and concentrated wine, persistent and with a great capacity to improve over the next few years.Serving temperature:16 - 18° C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€20.67* / 1 Liter)

€15.50*

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Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Carménère 2020
Grape variety:CarménèreTasting notes:Ripe and plummy, with notes of tobacco and spices. There is a lightness in this wine that is uncommon for this variety, thanks to its refreshing acidity. The palate is structured, with enveloping tannins and a long, pleasant finish.Serving temperature:16 - 18ºC

Content: 0.75 Liter (€20.00* / 1 Liter)

€15.00*

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Casas del Bosque Sauvignon Blanc "La Cantera" Botanical Series 2020
This wine has been awarded 93 points Descorchados.Grape variety:100% Sauvignon BlancTasting notes:Pale straw color with greenish reflections. The nose has notes of grapefruit, boxwood and passion fruit. On the palate, the wine is dry and vibrant, with herbal and citrus flavors and refreshing acidity. Long finish.Its grapes come from the "La Cantera" block planted on a red granite clay hillside facing east, very exposed to the sun and sea breezes characteristic of the Casablanca Valley.Serving temperature:8°- 10° C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€20.00* / 1 Liter)

€15.00*

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Trawa Moscatel 2019
Grape variety:Moscatel of AlexandriaTasting notes:This wine has a certain complexity nose with fruity aromas of orange, quince and pear. orange, quince and pear. On the palate the wine is powerful and fruity at the same time.Fermentation time: 21 days. The grape must is together with the skins of the grapes for 3 months. The wine is then wine is stored in a clay amphora for 6 months.Serving temperature:8 - 10 °C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€21.73* / 1 Liter)

€16.30*

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Echeverría Reserva Carménère 2014 / 2015
This winery works with a model of micro viticulture, which means that each plot, no more than half a hectare, is identified according to its terroir and microclimate and planted, pruned, irrigated and harvested accordingly, resulting in grapes of optimum quality and flavor.Grape variety:CarménèreTasting notes:With gentle tannins, this flavoursome Carménère combines intense aromas of raspberries and cherries with ripe red bell pepper and hints of black pepper. Smooth and velvety, it is well balanced, with spice and berry fruit mirrored on the palate.Serving temperature:17 - 19°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€11.87* / 1 Liter)

€8.90*

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Echeverría Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
The vineyards at Viña Echeverría are located in the Curicó Valley and the rows are planted in an east-westerly direction to potentiate the sun’s exposure. This winery works with a model of micro viticulture, which means that each plot, no more than half a hectare, is identified according to its terroir and microclimate and planted, pruned, irrigated and harvested accordingly, resulting in grapes of optimum quality and flavor. Grape variety:Cabernet SauvignonTasting notes:Intense aromas of red cherries and black pepper with a smoky, earthy background. In the mouth this is a medium-bodied wine with fresh, mellow tannins, and lingering notes of eucalyptus.Serving temperature:17 - 19°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€15.33* / 1 Liter)

€11.50* €12.90*

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Echeverría Gran Reserva Syrah 2014
Syrah grapes, from ungrafted selected clones of French rhizomes before the Pilloxera.Grape variety:SyrahTasting notes:Deep garnet red with violet tints. A highly aromatic Syrah with fresh fruit aromas of summer berries. Hints of dark chocolate combine with smoky notes of black pepper. Round, velvety and full-bodied on the palate, this wine has an elegant and wonderfully fruity finish.Vinification:Fermentation to dryness in 12,000 to 15,000 litres open stainless steel tanks for 8 days at 24-28°C controlled temperature with selected yeastsExtended skin maceration for an additional 10 days 100% malolactic fermentationAged for 12 months in 225 litre French oak barrelsServing temperature:16 - 18°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€17.20* / 1 Liter)

€12.90*

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