WINE TRAVEL: VINEYARDS SURROUNDED​ BY MOUNTAINS IN MAIPO VALLEY

Maipo Valley is a sub-region of Central Valley in Chile that has a reputation for producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. Located near Santiago, this land is almost completely surrounded by mountains and exposed to plentiful sunshine regulated by coastal influence. The mountains make the area particularly good for viticulture because they produce a great variation in temperature between day and night, allowing the grapes to ripen to perfection while preserving their freshness and acidity. These excellent conditions bring elegance and structure to red wines.

2014 Viñedo Chadwick, Maipo Valley Alto, Chile made from Cabernet Sauvignon has played a major role in Chilean wines. It is the first wine from Chile which has been awarded 100 points, by James Suckling. This excellent result has positioned Maipo Alto and Chile among the most prestigious world-class appellations for red wines, together with Bordeaux, Tuscany, Burgundy and Napa. 

There is an interesting story behind this bottle, the history of the winery. In 1942 Alfonso Chadwick, considered as one of the best polo players in the history of Chile, bought the 300-hectare Viña San José de Tocornal estate and its vineyards in the Alto Maipo Valley and converted it into Viñedo Chadwick winery. He was considered a visionary at his time, particularly in the modernization of the Chilean wine industry. No longer playing polo, and aware of the great potential of the area’s terroir,  in 1992, Alfonso allowed his son Eduardo to plant Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards over his beloved polo fields. 

Finally, this winery possesses the 15-hectare vineyard located 650 m above the sea level considered one of Chile’s best terroirs for producing Cabernet Sauvignon of exceptional quality as 2014 Viñedo Chadwick, Maipo Valley Alto, Chile. The high-quality is confirmed once we taste this bold and elegant wine. On the palate, the wine offers complex aromas of blueberry, black currant and black licorice, the signature of Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Its authenticity is revealed through the full body yet refined and beautifully integrated tannins. The wine has stunning length and complexity. 

Enjoy!

Amsterdam, July 15th, 2019