Leading wine experts visit Concha y Toro
Five of the most important wine critics in the world met in the vineyards and cellars of Concha y Toro between January 6 and 13, during their visit to Chile for the Annual Wines of Chile Awards (AWOCA 2012), the most important specialized event in the country.
As well as knowing the valleys of Maipo, Maule andCasablanca, they were able to taste the winery’s most award-winning wines.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, the only Master of Wine of Singapore and one of the world’s principal experts in fine wines and markets of Asian wines, was the first to visit the Pirque estate in the Maipo valley. Marcelo Copello also visited the place on Thursday, January 12.
He is one of the principal leaders of opinion in the Brazilian wine industry, being elected in 2009 as “best journalist” and “most influential wine journalist” by the German magazine Meininger’s Wine Business International.
The following day was the turn of the famous wine journalist, television personality and Master of Wine of Hong Kong, Debra Meiburg.
All were received by the winemaker Ignacio Recabarren, who directed exclusive tastings of wines produced under a coastal influence, such as Marques de Casa Concha Sauvignon Blanc 2011 and Pinot Noir 2010, and Terrunyo 2,000 Bottles Sauvignon Blanc 2011 and Riesling 2011: four varieties recently added to each of those lines.
The Terrunyo Riesling 2011, a wine that caught the attention of the judges and was widely praised with comments like “it has a very attractive and particular style, different from other Chilean Rieslings”, was also a prize-winner in the “Best White Wine” category at this 9th edition of AWOCA.
These experts were also able to know different vintages of the iconic wines Carmín de Peumo, Don Melchor and Gravas del Maipo, which were presented by the winemaker Tamara de Baeremaecker.
The Gismondi’s trip to Villa Alegre
Anthony Gismondi, one of the most influential American wine critics, also asked to visit the Villa Alegre vineyard in the Maule valley.
There, the winemakers Héctor Urzúa and Max Weinlaub presented tastings of wines exclusively from that part of Chile. One was Gran Reserva Serie Riberas, in its Merlot and Syrah varieties, fromSan Clementeand Villa Alegre respectively.
The Concha y Toro subsidiary, Viña Maipo, was also present, its Gran Devoción and Maipo Limited Edition lines faithfully representing this wine zone.
The Norway master of wine
Mai Tjemsland, Master of Wine of Norway, visited the Emiliana winery in the valley of Casablanca.
She was received by the winemaker Sebastián Rodríguez and was able to taste the already-mentioned coastal varieties.
On their visit, these experts were able to understand in detail the concept behind each of these wines, all representative of their place of origin and recognized internationally.