Christian CALLEC

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MAULE: O.FOURNIER, PREMIUM TERROIR WINES (1)

The O.Fournier group (Ortega Gil Fournier) was founded in 2000. In a very short time, this Spanish group succeeded to produce (super) premium wines in Spain (Ribera del Duero), Argentina (Mendoza) and … Chile (Maule, San Antonio). In total, the group owns more than 435 ha of land, of which 160 ha of old, high [...]

SAN ANTONIO: AMAYNA, THE MAGIC STORM

The first post-competition visit brought us, my two colleagues, fellow-judges and friends Romain Batya (Luxemburg), Roberto Gatti (Italy) and I, to the Leyda Valley in San Antonio. The Garcés Silva Winery (Amayna) was since a few years on my shortlist, and I was really happy to visit it at least. I discovered the Amayna wines [...]

APRIL 2010 PRESS TRIP CHILE: TABALÍ & LEYDA

Going to Limarí and Elquí was a dream of mine, like being able to go to Bío-Bío and Malleco sometime in the future. These regions have been ‘rediscovered’ quite recently and the wines coming from there are really booming. No doubt for me about it, we certainly will hear, see and taste many more from [...]

APRIL 2010 – PRESS TRIP TO CHILE: SANTA RITA / CARMEN

My second visit to SANTA RITA was again a great pleasure. We slept at the very cozy hotel Casa Real, all in Hispanic colonial style. The hospitality, the service, the rooms, the food and the drinks were at least as good as during my first visit in October 2009, but the ambiance was totally different. [...]

APRIL 2010 – PRESS TRIP TO CHILE: VALDIVIESO

A visit to VALDIVIESO is like going back in time, back to the end of 19th century… Valdivieso is a beautiful old bodega in Macul, inside of the city of Santiago. This is the place where all the sparkling wines were (and still are) produced that made Valdivieso famous. Since the 1980’s, Valdivieso also produces [...]