4. WINE BAR
The 16 revelations of 2016
Making up this list took a real effort, as many of the contestants were worthy candidates. In the end, only 16 wines remained: those that dared to go the extra mile, with high-quality proposals and an original, innovative and refreshing personality.
10. TIM ATKIN
“Diversity is a great thing to sell”
While sharing a bottle of El Pellín, the first sparkling wine from Osorno, we talked with the British wine writer about the new Chile that is opening up before his eyes. “This is my best trip,” he said happily but exhausted, after a 3-week trip that took him from Huasco to Itata.
18. DR. MARK GREENSPAN:
“Chilean growers irrigate and fertilize too much”
After visiting several vineyards in the Maipo, Colchagua, Cachapoal and Casablanca valleys, the specialist in efficient vineyard irrigation concluded that Chilean producers are obsessed about “keeping the tank full”, a practice that he believes is undermining the country’s potential as a producer of high-end grapes and wines.
24. WORLD BULK WINE EXHIBITION
From ugly duckling to beautiful swan
This trade show held every year in the Netherlands is the largest venue for bulk wine producers from all over the world. The bulk wine business has grown by nearly five percentage points since 2000 and in 2015 it accounted for no less than 38.6% of global wine exports. In an interview with WBWE technical manager, we discussed the impact of this business and the role played by Chilean wineries.
28. VITIS MAGAZINE RANKING
Red blends still rule unabated
Gold medals keep piling up, but actors remain the same. Red blends, the Colchagua Valley and Casa Silva remain at the top of our scoreboard, which nonetheless reflects a high degree of diversification.
42. CASA TIPAUME
The French group that tempted fortune in bulk wine in Chile
Seven years ago, Raphael Michel, the leading player in the bulk wine in France, bought an estate house and 50 hectares of vineyards in Rengo. At present, the company simultaneously exports its wines to Europe and Asia and buys and sells bulk wine.
46. 2016 EXPORTS
Higher volume, same revenue
The average export price slipped slightly in 2016 mostly affecting bottled wine. This decline is basically explained by depreciation of some currencies in the relevant markets.
52. NEW SHOOT
Two years into operation, the Lomas Campesinas project launched eight wines made with grapes grown by small-scale producers from the dry-farmed areas in the Maule, Itata, and Biobío valleys, which are crafted by eight different winemakers from traditional wineries. The initiative starts to meet its targets: Produce quality wines, pay fair prices for grapes, and make wineries aware of the advantages of recovering heritage cultivars.
A window to the world for technological innovations
SIMEI is THE place to go to discover the latest developments in enology and bottling, especially the winners of the Innovation Challenge Award, a recognition given to those outstanding innovations that set a trend in the winemaking industry.
58. WINE AND DINE
Around the world, the menus of the most renowned restaurants boast the appellation of origin of the products they serve, including meats, cheeses, hams or mushrooms. In Chile, this key trend is just being introduced and promises to grow into the foundation of the new Chilean haute cuisine.