Organic 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…

Sparkling wine tasting panel results

Sparkling wine tasting panel results

A group of 10 people of 6 different nationalities recently got together to blind taste 6 different Brut/Extra Brut wines retailing at under 10,000 Chilean pesos (£10 / US$15) and score them out of 10.  We then calculated the average score for each wine to determine their ranking. Here are the results: All photos courtesy of Alexandra…

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…

Chilean chips and sparkling wine

Chilean chips and sparkling wine

Feel like it’s time to relax and let the worries of the week wash away with good conversation, good wine and good food? Here is a nice, easy recipe if you are looking for inspiration. I love to use the fabulous purple, blue and stripey potatoes from Chiloé, an island just off the coast…

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…