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Chile and Argentina enjoy flying sales in UK off-trade

South American wines from Chile and Argentina were the two stand out performers in the UK off-trade in the last year, according to the latest figures from IRI. Chile’s performance saw enter the top five best selling countries in the UK for the first time with sales up 4.5% by value to £441 million in […]

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World wine volumes down to four year low as bad weather hits vintages around the globe

The overall global wine production for 2016 is going to be 5% smaller after adverse weather conditions have hit most parts of the southern hemisphere. The situation has been seen as further evidence of climate change, with South American countries, including Chile and Argentina particularly badly hit. The estimates have been made by the International Organisation […]

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Valdivieso Curicó

Successful marketing-driven operation which produces an extensive range of wines at all levels. Regular red and white varietals are produced under the Valdivieso Classic label. At best these offer straightforward easy glugging. Some impressive red is produced under the Reserva label, though whites disappoint in comparison. Good Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc and Malbec particularly stand […]

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Undurraga Maipo

This estate was founded by Don Francisco Undurraga Vicuña in 1885 but is now co-owned by the Picciotti family from Colombia and José Yuraszeck, a Chilean entrepreneur, and between them they have now formed a holding company, Grupo Vinos del Pacifico, that owns Undurraga, Volcanes deChile, a small production winery and TIB, which specialises in […]

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Odfjell Vineyards Maipo

Daniel and Laurence Odfjell have established vineyards in Maipo very recently. By Chilean standards this is a small, almost boutique style of operation with a production of fewer than 40,000 cases a year across their range. Winemaking consultancy input is provided by Californian winery operator Paul HOBBS, as well as French enologist Arnaud Hereu. There […]

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Viña Garces Silva San Antonio

The first vintage here was as recent as 2003 and the quality being obtained from cool, coastal Leyda vineyards to the seaward side of the coastal mountains is impressively fine. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are produced from vineyards planted in well-drained clay/loam soils. Gewürztraminer has also now been planted and should have much […]

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Cono Sur Rapel

This operation was established in 1993. There are extensive estate-owned vineyards and the company sources fruit from Casablanca, Maipo, Rapel and the Bío Bío Valley. Under the Bicicleta label some attractively fruity reds and whites are produced. Reserva Especial labelled Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir are all decent and well priced, while the Visión […]

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Viña Casablanca Casablanca

Established by SANTA CAROLINA well over 10 years ago this has been a consistently impressive producer of good, sometimes very good cool-grown whites. Reds are produced as well and these wines are mostly now vinified from warmer growing areas. There is a fairly wide range of wines produced under the Céfiro label and a number […]

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Casas del Bosque Casablanca

Founded in 1993 by Juan Cuneo Solari, Casas del Bosque has grown from a boutique winery to one producing around 1 million bottles a year. All wines are tank fermented with commercial yeasts but nevertheless, some wines of high quality are produced. Gran Reserva and Pesqueñas Producciones (small production) wines are particularly fine. There are […]

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Hacienda Araucano Colchagua

François Lurton has been making wine in Chile since 1992. It was only in 2000 though that he established his own operation in the Colchagua Valley, purchasing a 200 ha property and commencing planting completely afresh, at that time with his brother Jacques. The vineyards are planted on chalky/clay soils, farmed organically with a coastal […]

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