Piedra Infinita – Uco Valley, Argentina

Bodega Familia Zuccardi, Finca Piedra Infinita. Drive an hour and a half south of Mendoza and you will come to the Uco Valley, one of Argentina’s key wine producing regions. The dusty roads dotted with bursts of green from irrigated paddocks lie beneath the magnificent Andes mountains, which are our constant companions as we head […]

Spirito di Vino: Viña Vik, Chile

Article first published in Spirito di Vino Asia Issue #29. Driving through the winding valleys of Millahue, two hours south of Chile’s capital city Santiago, you will find quite possibly the most luxurious wine tourism offering from Chile to date. Here in a valley framed by the Andes Mountains and the Coastal Ranges, the Pacific […]

Valparaiso: Chile’s Little San Francisco

Take a short trip from the hustle and bustle of Santiago, Chile’s capital city and head towards the coast where you will find the city’s bohemian sister. In a delightful counterpoint to Santiago’s tradition, extroverted Valparaiso offers an altogether alternative experience. The gregarious character of this coastal city is brilliantly displayed in the winding laneways […]

The Outsiders: MOVI and Vigno

Old Vine Pais, Cauquenes, Maule. Image kindly provided by Ed Flaherty. If you look further afield beyond the most recognisable producers in any wine region, you will often find a community of producers occupying a space on the fringes of the larger winemaking community. Two such organisations in Chile seeking to highlight wines not necessarily […]

Valdivieso: Looking beyond the bubbles

Leyda Vineyard. Valdivieso is well known in both Chile and abroad for being a sparkling wine producer. Established in 1879 as Champagne Valdivieso, the bodega was the first to produce sparkling wine in Chile and their position at the top of the domestic market is well established. What is perhaps less familiar are the high […]

Wine Times Hong Kong: Argentina’s signature grape

Article first published Wine Times Hong Kong, February 3 2017. After two weeks in Chile my study trip continued over the Andes in Mendoza, Argentina, where I visited Altos Las Hormigas and Familia Zuccardi. What was immediately apparent upon entering Argentina was the vast difference in infrastructure between Chile and Argentina and how lengthy periods […]

Chile – looking to the future

Flying over the Andes Mountains. Article first published Wine Times Hong Kong January 20 2017. Recently I spent a month in Chile and Argentina thanks to a scholarship I received from the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition upon my completion of the WSET Diploma in 2015. While in Chile I was fortunate to […]

The Drinks Business: Itata Valley, Chile

Edited and republished for The Drinks Business, 16 December 2016. The Itata Valley in the Bio Bio region has for many years been somewhat of an afterthought when it comes to the wine regions of Chile. At times occupying no more than a few sentences in many texts on Chilean wine production this is at […]

The Drinks Business: Maria Luz Marín, Chile

Published The Drinks Business, 25 February 2016. Viña Casa Marín Lo Abarca. Image: Viña Casa Marín During a recent visit to Australia, Maria Luz Marín of Viña Casa Marín sat down with me in Melbourne for a chat before a tasting of her wines, hosted by South American wine specialists Untapped Fine Wines. Looking back […]

The Drinks Business: A seminar with Pedro Parra

Published The Drinks Business 12 November 2015. (Image credit: Pedro Parra Chile) The role of soil in relation to different characteristics present in wine together with the use of the word minerality as a wine descriptor are topics of much discussion in the wine industry. Articles such as the recent Drinks Business review of a study negating soil based minerality […]

Wines of Chile Academy launched in Hong Kong

The Wines of Chile Academy introduced their programme of educational courses here in Hong Kong this week, with a presentation taking key industry members through the entry level course. The series of three courses was designed jointly by AWSEC (Asia Wine Service & Education Centre) in Hong Kong, Wines of Chile and ProChile with assistance from London based […]

Chilean wine: Aresti – keeping it in the family

Last week I received a selection of wines from the Aresti winery in Chile. Being a fan of Chilean wines but not knowing too much about Aresti I was keen to find out more and taste through the samples received. Aresti Wine of Chile dates to 1951 when Vicente Aresti decided to establish a winery […]

Argentina brings it’s “A” game

Vista Flores Vineyard, Mendoza. Source: Familia Zuccardi Wine Tasted Familia Zuccardi, Salta Province, Argentina, Serie A, Torrontés 2012 Generally when you think of Argentina and wine, you think of Malbec. But more recently you might have also added Torrontés to that list and if you haven’t you should definitely consider seeking out some and putting […]

Wine descriptor: velvet hug

Wines Tasted Cono Sur, Colchagua Valley, Chile, Pinot Noir, 2013 Cono Sur, Limarí Valley, Chile, Syrah, 2011 After a week of studying Chile for my WSET Diploma it was time to taste. A recent Drinks Business article reviewing the current trends in the Chilean market was fresh in my mind as I walked into my local Watson’s Wine. I […]

It’s wine from Chile but not as we know it

Wines Tasted Matetic Vineyards, Corralillo Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Matetic Vineyards, EQ Chardonnay, 2010 Matetic Vineyards, Corralillo Winemaker’s Blend, Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, 2010 Matetic Vineyards, EQ Syrah, 2010 Matetic Vineyards, Matetic Syrah, 2009 Last week I had the good fortune to be invited to a lunch with Northeast Wines & Spirits and Chilean winery Matetic […]