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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 […]

Viñedo Chadwick Maipo

A recently established premium label owned by ERRAZURIZ, with a vineyard located on the northern bank of the Maipo river into the foothills of the Andes. The 300 ha property has been in the Chadwick family since 1945. The vineyard covers a mere 15 ha of the best stony/clay soils. It is now planted to […]

El Principal Maipo Valley

This 54 ha Maipo estate has been developed by Bordelais Patrick Valette, with the vineyard planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot. El Principal is a modern Bordeaux style and as at many Bordeaux properties a second wine, Memorias, is produced to ensure the integrity of the grand vin and to this is now added […]

De Martino Maipo

This Maipo based winery produces a fine range of reds and whites not just from the home vineyards but from a number of other areas as well. The winery and its new winemaker Eduardo Jordan place considerable emphasis in finding the best potential areas for each varietal. The Estate wines as is the case with […]

Casa Marin San Antonio

This pioneering family owned winery , just 4 km from the ocean, is in the vanguard of the new and potentially very fine coastal wine region. Founded in 2000 Casa Marin is is now planted to 50 ha of the original varietals of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Gewürztraminer and Riesling and is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Casa Silva Rapel

Among the best of Chile’s newly established winery operations, Casa Silva was set up in 1997 and winemaking is supervised by the experienced Mario Geisse Garcia. The winery owns three different estates and has a total of some 830 ha of vineyards, so is not a small operation by any means. All of the vineyards […]

Carmen Maipo

Carmen is owned by the large SANTA RITA operation. Production here itself is not inconsiderable with vineyard holdings now spread across many of the major regions. As a result an extensive range is produced, both red and white. The regular whites and particularly the reds are well-crafted and full of vibrant, ripe and crunchy fruit. […]

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 […]

Viña Aquitania Maipo Valley

This property was originally established as Domaine Paul Bruno in 1984 by the Bordelais’ Bruno Prats of Cos d’Estournel and Paul Pontallier the winemaker at Margaux. They purchased around 18 ha (44 acres) in 1990 at Quebrada de Macul, in the heart of the Maipo at the foot of the Andes. They have since been […]

Viña Altair Cachapoal

This is a new joint venture between the Dassault family of Château DASSAULT in Saint-Emilion and Guillermo Luksic who owns VIÑA SAN PEDRO. Just two premium reds are made with the first vintage of both in 2002. The vineyards are in the Upper Cachapoal, one of the cooler areas of the country, nestled into the […]

Wohlmuth Südsteiermark

Gerhard Wohlmuth oversees what is one of southern Styria’s larger quality estates. The 60 ha of vineyards include some leading sites planted to more than a dozen varieties, 70% white. These are the real stars, including two starkly contrasting Sauvignons. Steinriegel comes from very steep schist slopes, is mostly fermented in stainless steel and has […]

Domäne Wachau Wachau

This Wachau co-op with around 600 growers produces some of the most readily available and affordable examples of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling from the Wachau. While the wines are not at the same level as the very best private estates, standards are nonetheless quite impressive. Volume examples are released under the Wachau Klassik label and […]

Velich Neusiedlersee

From Apetlon in the Neusiedlersee, a short distance from the Hungarian border, the Velich brothers make Austria’s finest Chardonnay. Tiglat is a single vineyard example, 100% barrique-fermented and aged (50% new oak), that combine’s depth and richness with real poise and elegance. It is neither too ripe nor too oaky or leesy as some Austrian […]

Petra Unger Kremstal

Lately helped by her brother Axel, Petra Unger has been running this moderately large (40 ha) Kremstal estate since 1999. The vineyards incorporate those leased by her father from the Benedictine Abbey of Gottweig in 1987. Approachable and easy drinking wines are made under the Q label. While other varieties make a significant contribution, including […]

Ernst Triebaumer Neusiedlersee-Hügelland

Ernst Triebaumer (or ET) is one of the best-known names of Burgenland. From a total of 16 ha of vineyard, he and son Herbert are responsible for a wide range of styles. What is made in a given vintage depends to some extent on the climatic conditions. Whites include Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc as well […]

Tement Südsteiermark

One of the standard-bearers for southern Styria, Manfred Tement makes some superbly balanced and expressive whites, the majority from 45 ha of estate vineyards. Beyond a range of sound, varietally pure Steirische Klassik basics, he makes some very good Chardonnay (Morillon) and at times brilliant Sauvignon. The latter from Grassnitzberg vineyards (limestone) has strength and […]

Heidi Schröck Neusiedlersee-Hügelland

Heidi Schröck achieves the same heights with sweet wines that other female Austrian winemakers do with dry whites or reds (see EHN, EICHINGER, PRIELER and UNGER). Her Ruster Ausbruchs are very good indeed – pure, spicy and concentrated but elegant too. The composition varies but can include Furmint, Welschriesling, Weissburgunder, Grauburgunder and Sauvignon. A wonderfully […]

Schmelz Wachau

This is very much a family business and one with a relatively low profile, at least outside the German speaking countries. Production from 10 ha is roughly two-thirds Grüner Veltliner and one-third Riesling. Vineyard sites include Pichl Point with loess soils, which give a ripe, very fruit-rich Smaragd Grüner. It is also sometimes made in […]

Schloss Gobelsburg Kamptal

This ancient estate still belongs to a Cistercian monastery and the castle itself was built in the early 18th century. Under the winemaking direction of Michael Moosbrugger, with consultancy from Willi BRÜNDLMAYER since 1996, the wines have made amazing progress over recent vintages. 35 ha of vineyards give both Grüner Veltliner and Riesling that are […]

Schiefer Schiefer

Uwe is another Blaufränkisch man, with the potential to become the Blaufränkisch man. He is also Schist man, from both his name and the soils his 5.2 ha of vines grow in. The regular Eisenberg Blaufränkisch is made from bought-in grapes and aged only in large oak but is an excellent bright, pure, well-defined and […]

Salomon-Undhof Kremstal

This estate has remained in the same family since 1792. Bertold Salomon returned to take up the mantle from his older brother Erich in 2002. Von Stein Grüner Veltliner comes from two small plots of eroded rocky soils producing a wine of lovely minerality and intensity that starts out quite austere. Another fine Grüner comes […]

Prieler Neusiedlersee-Hügelland

The Prieler family has 20 ha of vineyards on hillside slopes to the west of Neusiedlersee. Silvia Prieler and her younger brother Georg transform the high quality fruit produced by their father into an intelligent range of dry whites and reds. The whites show good purity and are unoaked except for a stylish Chardonnay from […]

Prager Wachau

Franz Prager did much to establish the pre-eminence of top dry whites from the Wachau. His daughter Ilse and her winemaker husband Toni Bodenstein have sought to produce dry wines of ever-greater harmony and longevity as well as making some fine sweet wines when conditions permit. From the village of Weissenkirchen come several fine Smaragd […]

Polz Südsteiermark

A long-established family estate bolstered by the purchases of prime vineyards by Erich and Walter Polz in the eighties. There is now more than 50 ha and typically for southern Styria there is a quite a large range of wines, mostly dry whites but also reds and a sweet white. Steirische Klassik varietals are nothing […]

Rudi Pichler Wachau

Rudi Pichler’s wines are meant to be different, aiming for greater concentration and structure as well as ripe, intense fruit flavours. The use of indigenous yeast and higher fermentation temperatures can add an almost exotic quality to the riper styles. Yet the balance is excellent with good definition and minerality. There is real strength and […]

F-X Pichler Wachau

Franz Xaver Pichler is acclaimed by many to be the Wachau’s finest producer and it’s hard to dispute given the extremely high quality in his top Smaragd Riesling and Grüner Veltliner of great extraction and concentration. Certainly no effort is spared in maximising the quality potential from 7.5 ha of vineyards. The Loibner Berg is […]

R & A Pfaffl Weinviertel

Weinviertel is the little known region in the north-eastern corner of Austria, north of Vienna. Roman Pffafl’s 53 ha, spread over 10 villages, actually lie (mostly) just outside of Vienna (and the Wien wine zone). Now working with his son, who is also called Roman, he has proved what is possible here with particularly good […]

Bernhard Ott Wagram

Bernhard Ott’s 16 ha are in Wagram, now an independent region rather than just a quality zone within Donauland. The loess soils are highly suited to Grüner Veltliner. Only unoaked whites are made and 90% are from Grüner. The wines, progress from a cool, spicy Am Berg to Fass 4, a selection of the best […]

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