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Map of Colchagua valley

Viu Manentwhere art meets wine

The winery today produces various wines in different price realms. I fell in love with their range of a very well-priced Secreto during a picnic with friends in Santiago. These wines were a double secret for me. First, my chilean friend shared his personal secret with me about this excellent value-for-money treat at a wine shop, where instead of all the pricier Pinots and Sauvignon Blancs of big names, he put in our basket two Secretos. Second mystery is the actual blend in the wines. The main grape is featured on the label as in the case of the juicy Pinot Noir and aromatic and fresh Sauvignon Blanc we bought. The rest is a well-guarded secret of the winemaker. It is a temptation to guess what might be in it. And, that is what we ended up doing. Relieved though, we concluded: who actually cares? Important is that we all like it a lot!

Once we have visited the winery we were better equipped for the guess-game as we saw the vineyards and grapes planted there. What is more, our journey through the lush green vineyards moved us further into a Viu Manent wonderland, as we were driven in a horse-ridden carriage. Who would expect a romantic touch at a cool, young and modern winery? Besides, we were surprised by the nostalgia of the environment with a historic wine press and other old winery artefacts sprinkled all over the property. The trip is worth the trip from the capital city Santiago de Chile.

Viu Manent

Art is at the centre of Viu Manent attention. Winemaking is conceived there as one form of art, the one enjoyed by our palate. While the visual art is embodied in the colorful drawings on the labels, yet these are less fancy than the legendary Mouton Rotshield commissions. The labels are fresh, playful and stimulating matching to the effect of the liquid content of  all the Secretos.

Artistic wine shop

A ride in a carriage through the vineyards

Old press

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I am a big fan of sustainability. I think that being in harmony with nature is necessary for our future survival. In the past decade we have been constantly remained not only by environmentalists but also by a growing number of scientists that we should regard and respect the nature as our ancestors did before the industrial revolution turned literally everything upside down.

It is encouraging to see that many winemakers as well as chefs embraced sustainable practices in their professions as well. One of the pioneers of organic and sustainable winemaking in South America is a Chilean winery Cono Sur.

You can watch this insightful video to learn more.

I have recently tasted Cono Sur’s Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2010 as well as their Merlot 2010 Reserva during Wine and Dine magazine’s Fest in Singapore.

The Sauvignon was zesty and fresh as is signature to this white wine, but it was more complex then average Sauvignon Blanc. I encountered some candy floss and honeyed tones on my palette making it an interesting aperitif and also great fit with seafood dishes.

The Merlot proved to be more a food wine with its sharp acidity and mouth awaking tannins. Black berries with smoked meat character on the backbone made for a masculine wine ideal with meat dishes such as veal or even a duck.

Cono Sur is surely reaching beyond its Chilean borders. You can get it in London as well as in Singapore.

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The main topic of the highly expected World Expo in Shanghai this year is “Better city, better world”. I have visited the site in July and from what I saw I came one important conclusion: Many countries think that not only better city means better world for them but also producing wine can [apparently] make our world better!

It is no wonder that the pavilions of France and Italy shared their pride in making wine with the visitors, but the Chilean exhibition must have made them to be a bit blushed as it showed substantially more of their wine and confirmed that in Chile they take the wine seriously. An excellent wine bar together with a wine shop and young Chileans eager to answer you all questions that can pop into your head were surely one of the main highlights of the Chilean pavilion.

I have tasted one or two glasses of their great red wines and in the spare time took some pictures for you.

I have learned that the red grape variety Carmenere, which was thought to be extinguished and was one of the six original grape varieties found in Bordeaux [France], is still flourishing in its full strength in Chile. The Chileans are proud of their unique grape as my excited guide’s attitude revealed.

"Wine rack" at Chilean Pavilion

Wine tasting at the Chilean pavilion

The wine producer Montgras is one of the Carmenere enthusiasts. Its deep, fruity and dense flavour is a bit of contrast to the astringent Cabernet Sauvignon popular nowadays in Bordeaux. For a long time it was thought that Carmenere in Chile was Merlot for it shares many characteristics with this fruity and juicy grape variety.

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