Tour review

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…

Casablanca winery visits: Quintay

Casablanca winery visits: Quintay

Welcome to the latest in my series of Casablanca winery visits: Quintay is a small, state-of-the-art winery with a modern, sleek design. It offers a personalized approach to each customer with services ranging from a lunch and cocktail menu to tours of the winery, with a tasting of their Reserva and Gran Reserva lines, to tours on horseback or even tours…

Casablanca winery visits: House

Casablanca winery visits: House

Welcome to the first in a series of Casablanca winery visits: House, Casa de Vino, part of Grupo Belén, is principally a wine tourism experience, though a limited edition, high-end Syrah named Tiraziš is made here by renowned winemaker Sven Bruchfeld.  The location has been designed with tourism in mind and is hard to fault. The single-storey…

Chilean organic sparkling wine producer

Chilean organic sparkling wine producer

I recently read an article by a woman who argued that starting a business beyond the age of 40 is just too tiring and risky. I was thinking about that as I met Chilean organic sparkling wine producer Daniel Raab, who has bucketloads of entrepreneurial spark despite being a silver-haired grandfather. Let’s face it: whatever…

Alejandra Gutiérrez of Loma Larga

Alejandra Gutiérrez of Loma Larga

A petite Chilean woman, there is just a hint of French elegance in the way that Alejandra Gutiérrez expresses herself as she shows me around the Loma Larga winery in the renowned Casablanca Valley.  A throwback to ancestral genes perhaps or maybe when she studied French and English at university, some subtle aspect of…