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This distinctive and elegant Chilean Chardonnay expresses the unique character of Las Petras vineyard in the valley of Casablanca. After discovering the great potential of the Casablanca valley, Concha y Toro launched the Amelia brand in 1993. Amelia was the first ultra-premium Chardonnay from Chile and the iconic Concha y Toro white wine.
Ignacio Recabarren has clearly earned his place as a major reference in the Chilean wine industry. His spot-on perspective and pioneering vision have served him well over the years and
have led him to such successes as discovering Casablanca Valley’s privileged conditions for growing white grapes and leading Amelia to becoming Chile’s first ultra-premium Chardonnay. He has also played a major role in positioning Carmenere as the country’s signature variety and in achieving its international prestige through Terrunyo Carmenere and Carmín de Peumo, Concha y Toro’s icon Carmenere.
Ignacio Recabarren holds a degree in agricultural engineering from the Catholic University of Chile and joined Concha y Toro in 1995, after a successful career both in Chile and abroad. He participated in crushes at Tyland Vineyards in Mendocino County, California, as well as at Château Maucaillou, Château Margaux, and Château Lafitte in France. He also lived in New Zealand for two and a half years, during which time he worked for Morton Estate, Matua, and Cloudy Bay wineries, among others.
Currently oversees four wine ranges: Trio, Terrunyo, Amelia and Carmín de Peumo, the winery’s icon Carmenere.
Domain of Origin (D.O.): Las Petras Vineyard, Casablanca Valley
Origin: Las Petras Vineyard, Casablanca Valley, near to the coast of central Chile.
Soil: The fertility of the red clay soil is low in the upper part of the vineyard, moderate in the middle, and good in the lower sector.
These soils, coupled with the cold climate and abundant wind, determine the low, concentrated yields of Chardonnay produced in the vineyard.
Climate: The vineyard is southwest-facing and features cloudy mornings and cool, windy days that allow the grapes to ripen gradually and be harvested later.
10 October 2011Amelia 2008, Chile’s Best Chardonnay by Descorchados 2012
29 November 2011Amelia 2009: the top-ranked Chilean chardonnay in Wine Enthusiast
23 January 2013Amelia Stands Out in Brazil
- Amelia 2009: 90 pts. | Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate | February 2012
- Amelia 2008: N°1. | Moscow Tasting | October 2011
- Amelia 2007: 91 pts. | Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate | April 2009
- Amelia 2006: 93 pts. | Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate | October 2008
- Seafood like king crab, lobsters, scallops or oysters au gratin.
- Fish like salmon (fresh or smoked) and white meats, accompanied by butter, cream or cheese-based sauces.
- Light white-meat preparations.
- Fresh goat cheese with herbs, au gratin or natural.