British winewriter Richard Hemming has been contributing to Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages for many years. Until recently he hadn’t given much serious consideration to Chile, but he’s now changed his tune. Like so many others, he has learned that in Chile, seeing is believing.
Hemming made his first visit to Chile in November 2009 and was impressed with what he saw and tasted. He traveled the entire wine country, from Bio Bio in the far south to Elqui in the north, and was impressed that everywhere he went, the winemakers wanted to take him into the vineyards. “The telltale facet of any producer is how enthused they are about their soil; they say that you can predict the quality of a wine from the amount of earth under a winemaker’s fingernails,” he says, and in Chile he spent a lot of time”mooching about” in the dirt.
And while he concludes that he’s just about had his fill of vineyard trenches, he has “a new conviction about the quality and sophistication of Chilean wine and terroir that I would have never anticipated.”
Download and read Richard Hemming’s full report at: “Trench Warfare in Chile.” (Originally published on December 3, 2009 and pdf provided here courtesy of JancisRobinson.com)