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Talking volcanic wine with Ben Gordon

Talking volcanic wine with Ben Gordon

The setting sun was casting an orange glow as I met with Ben Gordon outside a café in the Las Condes business district of Santiago. An affable British expat, he has been Managing Director of Bodega Volcanes de Chile since January and I asked him how it was going. “Really well so far,” he…

Koyle wine tasting at Vinoteca

Koyle wine tasting at Vinoteca

Many Chilean winemakers may be hailing 2016 as a difficult year, but biodynamic winemaker Cristóbal Undurraga says it’s been a good year at Koyle. He believes that when plants and their environment are in balance, they cope well with whatever conditions nature may bring. Last week Cristóbal presented some of his wines, including the latest…

On the road with 80 harvests

On the road with 80 harvests

Recently I had the good fortune to spend 48 hours on the road with wine journalist Amanda Barnes during the Chilean leg of her journey Around the World in 80 Harvests. Our schedule took in three wineries in the San Antonio and Casablanca regions right at the time they were harvesting grapes. Casa Marín…

Chile-based British expat Guy Hooper

Chile-based British expat Guy Hooper

Many people have a lawn in their front garden. Chile-based British expat Guy Hooper decided to plant vines instead: 626 of them in a surprisingly compact area, all red varieties: Carménère, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Syrah. When I visited, most of the grapes were going through the magical process of véraison, where they change colour from…