ARGENTINA: Mendoza – Luján de Cuyo – Valle de Uco
In March 2018 we took a flight south and flying over the snow-covered peaks of the Andes, we soon arrived in Mendoza, the main hub for Argentine wine lovers.
We started our trip in Chacra, just south of Mendoza in the beautiful boutique hotel Borravino, from where we went to visit Vistalba, Kaiken and the incredible Casa Vigil with its Enemigo y Gran Enemigo wines. We fell in love with the award-winning Gran Enemigo Cabernet Franc in its different expressions. With its intensity and elegant structure, we think that Cabernet Franc is a varietal that is well on its way to become the most emblematic grape in Argentina after, of course, Malbec.
In Lujan de Cuyo we visited a range of high-level wineries such as Achaval-Ferrer, Bressia, Vina Cobos or Susana Balbo that produces one of the best Malbecs in our view, “Nosotros’.
We then continued our journey further south and stopped at the beautiful Pulenta winery before arriving in the Valle de Uco with stops at Salentein and Alpasion and The Vines. In Valle De Uco, we were also able to meet with the new avant-garde of Argentine winemakers and were able to sample some of the incredible wines of Michelini brothers, as well as meeting with the great local sommelier and winemaker Mariana Onofri, and tasting the excellent wines of Rodrigo y Martín of Desquiciado. These are all projects of a new exciting generation of Argentine winemakers.
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CHILE: Colchagua – Valle de Casa Blanca – Aconcagua y San Antonio
We started our week-long wine trip to Chile in the country’s capital Santiago, from where we headed south to Colchagua, stopping on our way at the traditional Casa Silva winery for an excellent lunch in front of a Polo field. We then arrived in Santa Cruz, the commercial hub of the Colchagua Valley, where some of the most emblematic wineries of Chile are nearby, Lapostolle, Montes, or Ventisquero to name a few. Colchagua is red-wine territory and you can sample plenty of Premium Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Bordeaux Blends. There is also the traditional Viu Manent with its exquisite Ultra Premium Carmenere El Indicidente or some lovely boutique wineries like Laura Hartwig.
From warm Colchagua we headed towards the colder Pacific Coast, stopping overnight at the beautiful Matetic boutique hotel. They also produce some excellent Syrah in their biodynamic and organic winery. We then continued to Casablanca where we tasted some excellent Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir before heading to the colorful Valparaiso, a very unique city with its culture vibe and wine bars.
From Valparaiso we continued our trip to Aconcagua with an obligatory stop at one of the most famous wineries in Chile Errazuriz. We then visited the boutique winery Von Siebenthal next to Errazuriz, which was probably the highlight of our visit to Chile and met with owner Mauro von Siebenthal and get a tasting of his exquisite wines. Von Siebenthal is inspired by French winemaking and apart from some incredible Ultra Premium single varietals Petit Verdots and Carmenere, he also produces a fantastic Bordeaux blend called Parcela 7, an assemblage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. An exquisite New World expression of French winemaking at an incredible affordable price.
After leaving Aconcagua we headed back to Santiago, which is well worth a visit for a couple of additional days, especially in winter where you can head to the nearby ski-resorts in Valle Nevado or Colorado.
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SPAIN: Wine tour in La Rioja
In spring we visited La Rioja during a week and organized wine tastings at over a dozen wineries in this beautiful region of Spain. Amongst the ‘Bodegas’ we visited, we had the opportunity to sample some of the Premiums Riojas at Marques de Riscal, a must-stop with his winery built by famous architect Paul Getty. Another winery with an incredibly building is Ysios with its undulating roof against a backdrop of a beautiful vineyard covered hills.
In Rioja Alta in the beautiful medieval town of Haro we organized tastings at some of the most important exponents of that region such as the classic Lopez de Heredia, Muga or Roda.
We also had the opportunity to visit boutique wineries, like the incredible Valenciso, which lately has received so many accolades from the Wine Enthusiast, Robert Parker or Tim Atkins.
There are over 80 wineries that receive wine lovers in La Rioja. The importance is to know how to organize the visits well and get to know the expressions of the different sub-regions with wineries of different characteristics.
A visit to La Rioja is more than just about wine. There are also incredible gastronomic highlights to pair with your favorite Rioja. Additionally, no visit to the Rioja region would be complete without visiting the various medieval villages like Briones or Guardia or with their castles, monasteries and churches.
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Por tercera vez consecutiva, tuvimos el privilegio de ser invitados a la feria Alimentaria 2018 en la ciudad de Barcelona. Esta feria es reconocida en la industrial de alimentos y bebidas la más grande de España. Durante nuestras visitas a esta feria hemos podido hacer importantes relaciones con las bodegas, asociaciones vinícolas, conocer las tendencias y aprender de las nuevas regiones de España con sus Vinos de Pago; además de disfrutar de magníficas catas y vinos. En la edición de Alimentaria 2014 tuvimos la fortuna de conocer a Carmen Enciso de la Bodega VALENCISO con quien hoy tenemos una estrecha relación y a quien nos sentimos honrados de representar.
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PORTUGAL: Douro and Porto
To visit Porto and the Douro valley, fall is the perfect season. October is still very sunny and the sunsets over the Douro are incredible.
The Douro is declared UNESCO heritage site and probably one of the most beautiful wine region you can visit with its steep terraces, which constitutes the first demarcated wine region in the world. Portugal and the Douro have a huge variety of indigenous grapes, found nowhere else. Some of the typical ones include Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz. These wines can range from easy-drinking frutal wines to incredibly complex blends that you can keep for ages. Then, of course, you have made from the same grapes Port wine, probably the most famous fortified wine in the world. In the Douro valley we had the chance to meet with some of the winemakers and owners from top producers like Niepoort, Quinta de Crasto, Quinta Pacheca or Quinta Nova, many of which offer excellent facilities for enotourism. They way they received was incredible and their wines absolutely fabulous.
Porto itself is worth visiting for several days. You can visit some of the most famous and traditional port makers just across Porto in Vila de Gaia Iike Graham’s, take a tour on the languid Douro it just enjoy the beautiful city with its cobblestoned streets and colorful buildings.
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