The ever-expanding frontiers of the Chilean wine map
Thousands of hectares have been added to the Chilean wine map, revealing that in the far south of the world, nothing is impossible.
Creative winemakers and bold viticulturists who are planting vines in previously unexplored areas are changing the image of Chilean wines, so they are increasingly being seen as daring and innovative.
Exploring new lands
Few traces remain of that map which used to show Chile’s traditional wine producing areas: the Maipo, Maule, Curicó, Rapel, Colchagua and Casablanca valleys. Acclaimed British Master Sommelier Peter Richards emphasized this phenomenon when he said, “once again, the frontiers of Chilean wine have shifted, with exciting results”. Ricardo Gompertz, head viticulturist at Viña Ventisquero, adds: “the idea is to experiment with the different terroirs available in Chile, and to make each wine reflect its place of origin.”