Category Archives: Chile

Chile’s Echeverria: Natural Wine and Much More

  Echeverria has joined the “natural” wine band wagon and judging by the 2019 Viogner and Cabernet Franc that we tasted, they’re among the leaders in Chile. Echeverria offers wines to suit everyone’s tastes, ranging from natural wines to the … Continue reading

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Authentic Wines from Viña Gillmore of Chile’s Maule Valley

Founded in Maule’s Loncomilla Valley in 1990 by Francisco Gillmore, today Viña Gillmore is in the hands of his winemaking daughter Daniella and husband André Sánchez, who previously made wine in Italy. They dry farm, organically grown Carignan and several … Continue reading

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First Tastings from the Southern Hemisphere’s 2018 Vintage

Early releases of wines, mostly rosés and whites, from the 2018 vintage have begun rolling in, and we’ve also been tasting some impressive ones during our stay in Cape Town.   The always impressive Ricardo Santos 2018 Semillon from Mendoza … Continue reading

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New Releases from Argentina and Chile

Argentina and Chile are well known for producing wines of outstanding value. In recent years, they’ve also become recognized for making high quality wines that compete with the world’s best. We’ve explored both countries in depth in our International Wine … Continue reading

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Viña Siegel from Chile’s Colchagua Valley: New Releases

Alberto Siegel is the 3rd generation of the Siegel family, which has its origins in Austria. More than three decades ago in 1980 he founded Viña Siegel and began planting vineyards in the Colchagua Valley, and today he has more … Continue reading

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China Replaces US as Chile’s Top Wine Market

As we noted in our recent report on Chile’s Premium Wine Revolution, Chile’s wine exports have grown at a phenomenal rate. Rapidly increasing exports to China is one of the reasons. Now, Wines of Chile reports that the value of … Continue reading

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Chile’s Viña Tres Palacios: New Releases from Coastal Maipo

Tres Palacios is a boutique family winery established by Patricio Palacios near Melpilla in Chile’s coastal range just 35 km from the Pacific Ocean. It is the only winery in the small Valle de Cholquí, a sub-valley of the Maipo … Continue reading

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Ten Astounding Things We Learned About Chilean Wine

We recently traveled to diverse parts of Chile to learn what’s new in Chilean wine. We saw vineyards being planted in extreme locations, adventurous young winemakers experimenting with new grape varieties and winemaking techniques, and a Chilean wine industry that … Continue reading

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Twenty-Five Years of Concha y Toro’s Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon: 1988-2013

First made in 1987, Don Melchor is Chile’s original icon wine. We recently tasted several vintages between 1988 and 2013 as part of our research for Report #60 Chile’s Premium Wine Revolution.  The surprising results of the tasting are given at … Continue reading

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De Martino and Sadie Family: Old Vine Cinsault from Two Outstanding Winemakers in Chile and South Africa

In preparing our Chile and South Africa reports over the years, we’ve been privileged to meet and taste with Marcelo Retamal of Chile’s De Martino Winery and Eben Sadie of South Africa’s Sadie Family Winery. These outstanding winemakers seek out … Continue reading

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