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Viu Manent Colchagua

This family owned operation produce a sizeable range of well made wines from a current holding of 260 ha of vineyards, all in the Colchagua Valley. Fruit also comes from the Casablanca and Leyda regions for some of the firm’s Sauvignon Blanc output. The climate at Colchagua is warm albeit with the combined benefit of […]

Viña Von Siebenthal Aconcagua

This recently established, Swiss-owned estate has three vineyards in the warm Panquehue. Hillside sites with sandy, stony soils are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Syrah and Petit Verdot, while the lower lying plots, which have clay-limestone soils, are planted to Merlot and Cabernet Franc, to a certain extent mirroring the approach in Bordeaux. A number […]

Seña Aconcagua

This wine was established as a partnership between Eduardo Chadwick at ERRÁZURIZ and California’s ROBERT MONDAVI and vies with Clos Apalta from LAPOSTOLLE, ALMAVIVA and others for the accolade of best super-premium red from Chile. Since the takeover of Mondavi by Constellation Eduardo Chadwick has taken sole ownership of the project. It is now marketed […]

Lapostolle Rapel

This is now established as one of the best red wine producers in Chile. Winemaking direction has been provided for a number of years by Michel Rolland of BON PASTEUR. The Chardonnay in both regular Casa and Cuvée Alexandre versions is moderately rich and oaky, the Sauvignon Blanc quite piercingly tropical and grassy. It is […]

Errázuriz Aconcagua

Errázuriz is based in the Panquehue sub-region of Aconcagua and has several hundred ha of vineyards. Fruit is generally sourced from the home vineyards but also from cool Casablanca for whites. The range is comprehensive and there are some well-made, stylish wines at all levels. The regular varietals show well-defined fruit character. Superior selections come […]

Almaviva Maipo

This is a joint venture between CONCHA Y TORO and Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (MOUTONROTHSCHILD). The ambitious project is aimed at producing one of, possibly the finest red wine yet from Chile. Considerable investment has already gone into both vineyards and winery. Almaviva is undoubtedly impressive but as yet falls a little way short of […]

Yacochuya Salta

This small winery owned by Michel Rolland and a number of friends is based in warm Salta, but crucially the Calchaquies Valley vineyards here are planted at high altitude, some 2,000m above sea level. Of equal importance is the age of the vines, which are now over 80 years old. The Yacochuya, a blend of […]

Mendel Wines Mendoza

This small, bespoke new bodega is a source of some excellent old vine Malbec. Cabernet Sauvignon is also significant in the Unus blended red. Winemaking expertise is provided by Roberto de la Mota who previously made another benchmark red, Cheval des Andes at TERRAZOS DE LOS ANDES. Output here is small although the approach is […]

Dominio del Plata Mendoza

This is the home winery of Pedro Marchevsky and Susana Balbo who are the manager and winemaker at ANUBÍS. The Crios label offers some attractive, fruit-driven wines including a fine floral Torrontés and two reds, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Syrah/Bonarda blend. The top Dominio del Plata wines are a serious step up in both […]

Viña Cobos Mendoza

This is a parnership between California winery owner and roving consultant Paul HOBBS and the Argentine husband and wife viticulture/winemaking team of Luis Barraud and Andrea Marchiori. The Marchiori family vineyard, located in the high altitude Perdriel area of Upper Mendoza is the source for the wines. There is an impressive holding of old Malbec […]

Walter Bressia Mendoza

Walter Bressia is a small scale wine producer as well as being one of Argentina’s better known consultant winemakers. Production is strictly artisanal so these excellent wines will not be that easy to find. The grapes come from both his own small holdings as well as other parcels. The Monteagrelo bottling is a varietal Malbec […]

Bodega Luigi Bosca Mendoza

The Arizu family have a sizeable family wine business producing close to 800,000 cases a year. The family now possess 668 ha of owned vineyards across seven sites. Quality across the board is generally very good with some excellent value to be found in the Finca La Linda label as well as fine Reserva Malbec […]

Alta Vista Mendoza

This new venture in Argentina’s high-quality Luján de Cuyo region was established by the late Jean-Michel Arcaute and Patrick d’Aulan with the objective of producing cool-grown Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon of real style and quality. Additional input is now provided by Michel Rolland of BON PASTEUR. There are around 61ha of vineyards and a wide […]

Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza

Small top-quality Mendoza winery. It is an Argentine/Italian partnership of four friends: Santiago Achaval Becu, Manuel Ferrer Minetti, Italian winemaker and roving consultant Roberto Cipresso and former world rally champion Tiziano Siviero. There are three estate-owned vineyards which are planted at altitude (730–1,100m) and there are some leasing arrangements with a number of other vineyard […]

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