Biodynamic wine

Biodynamic & organic Chilean wine guide

Biodynamic & organic Chilean wine guide

Check out my free, downloadable guide to sustainable winemaking in Chile, featuring details of Chilean organic and biodynamic wineries and why they have opted for environmentally friendly winemaking. Cristóbal Undurraga of Viña Koyle in Alto Colchagua, for instance,  argues that not only is biodynamic viticulture good for the environment, but it also makes sound commercial…

Get set for Carménère Day

Get set for Carménère Day

This Monday, 23 November, is Carménère Day, which sounds like a great excuse for a party! So why not get ahead and celebrate the weekend with a glass or two of this very quaffable red? This deep-coloured red wine pairs well with any red meat dish, including casseroles and barbecues, as well as spicy food, like…

Cristóbal Undurraga: biodynamic winemaker

Cristóbal Undurraga: biodynamic winemaker

Disarmingly informal, Cristóbal Undurraga, fifth generation of one of Chile’s oldest wine-producing families, takes Alexandra and I on a walk up the little ravine he has lovingly restored in the heart of Koyle’s biodynamic Los Lingues vineyard in Alto Colchagua. “It was full of mud when we arrived,” he explains, “but we cleared it…

Tour review: Emiliana Organic Vineyards

Tour review: Emiliana Organic Vineyards

  This is a biodynamic and fair trade winery, so I found this tour especially interesting, particularly as the guide noted our interest and gave us more details than is usual on winery tours. The environment is very peaceful and there are hens and guinea fowls pecking amongst the vines and alpacas to add…

Koyle wine tasting

Tasting led by winemaker Cristóbal Undurraga at Vinoteca in August 2015. These are biodynamic wines. Cinsault rosé New, not yet available for sale. A light and refreshing dry wine, perfect for a hot summer’s day. Carménère 2012, Alto Colchagua Pleasant, easy-drinking Carménère with upfront spices, such as cloves, followed by a touch of green…

Emiliana Organic Vineyards wine tasting

Emiliana Organic Vineyards wine tasting

Emiliana tasting at the winery, part of the tour Adobe Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Casablanca Very pale and shiny. Apples and maracuyas. Good acidity, light-bodied, well-balanced. Refreshing and pleasant. Novas Viognier 2013, Casablanca Shiny, light yellow. Nose of melon, honey, white flowers, lychees, banana. Unctuous, slightly oily hint, sweet touch, chewy, high acidity and good…