Chile is a wine scene stuck on fast forward. Many of the most exciting projects lately have been developed in the country’s deep south, where the cooler conditions mean more elegant, refreshing wines (and respite from a decade-long drought). And these aren’t projects for the faint-hearted: we visit a new vineyard on a remote island 1,200km south of Santiago – and another on the side of a smoking volcano.
It’s not just about terroir, either – southern Chile is home to indigenous Mapuche communities, where poverty and disputed land rights (among other issues) have long been bones of contention with the Chilean state and industry. But now, alongside pioneering vineyards aiming to champion the south’s remarkable terroirs, wine is providing new hope of social unity as a new project is launched by Viña San Pedro Tarapacá in association with the local Mapuche community in Buchahueico. It all makes for a compelling and intriguing future – one we explore in this episode. (We also announce the winners of our WineGB giveaway!)
Thanks to everyone for participating, in our Wine GB Awards giveaway – and all the lovely messages. Many congratulations to winners Jonathan and Clive!
The two cases of award-winning wines are as follows:
Case 1: Breaky Bottom Cuvee Michelle Moreau (Trophy), Raimes Classic (Gold), Gusbourne Guinevere Chardonnay (Gold), Harrow & Hope rosé (Gold), Chapel Down Bacchus fizz (Silver), Simpsons Chardonnay (Silver).
Case 2: Chapel Down Coeur de Cuvée (Trophy), Louis Pommery England (Gold), Bluebell Hindleap Ruby (Gold), Sharpham Stop Ferment (Gold), Gusbourne Barrel Reserve Pinot Noir (Silver), Blackbook Painter of Light Chardonnay (Silver).