During February two major UK publications focused on Chile in their highlights, with interesting reports in Drinks International magazine and JancisRobinson.com
Drinks International magazine writer Alistair Cooper shared his thoughts on the future of Chile, and how it is becoming an innovative, exciting and diverse wine producing country. The feature (view PDF here) looked at the latest innovations in winemaking, the new regions of Chile and the new wine varieties to taste.
"Things are certainly changing in Chile as we see innovation and experimentation in both the vineyard and winery," concluded the report. "The opening up of new areas, and a pragmatic approach to the country's traditional winemaking culture, may finally give Chile the opportunity to compete in the mid to premium price bracket. Perhaps Chile has finally cracked it? Let's seewhat 2017 brings."
In another feature in the same edition, Wines of Chile UK Director Anita Jackson was asked to judge the Wine Tourism awards. Chile's Casa Silva won Best Accomodation for their renovated accomodation in the 100 year old family house.
Jancis Robinson, a renowned Master of Wine and British writer, also focused on Chile in February. After a visit to Itata in southern Chile, she wrote a series of articles on JancisRobinson.com about the old vines and small production vineyards, which she described as a 'part of the country [that] seems to have so much to offer.' Her tasting notes included 49 wines, many of which scored very highly with over 16 points (in a 20 point scale). Read the full report here.