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7th Annual Wines of Chile Awards: We have our Winners!

Viña San Pedro’s 1865 Single Vineyard Syrah Cachapoal 2007 was the star of the night and took home 7th Annual Wines of Chile Awards most coveted prize: Best in Show.

Winemaker Marco Puyó accepts the Best in Show Award for San Pedro's 1865 Single Vineyard Syrah (2007 from Cachapoal)

Winemaker Marco Puyó accepts the Best in Show Award for San Pedro's 1865 Single Vineyard Syrah 2007 from Cachapoal

Phew! It’s been a long week, especially for the judges–this time from Canada–who tasted and evaluated nearly 467 wines from 111 wineries for the 7th Annual Wines of Chile Awards, which drew to a close with a gala event last night. This is Chile’s most important wine event of the year, and some 200 people came out to be on hand when the results of the competition.

“This is Chile’s most prestigious competition and as such presents a unique opportunity for our wines to gain recognition and a more competitive edge in the highly important Canadian market,” said Juan Somavía, Managing Director of Wines of Chile. “The industry’s efforts to promote Chilean wine abroad must be in sync with the needs and preferences of the consumers, and instances such as this help us meet this objective.”

Canada is Chile’s third largest market, and Wines of Chile wanted a clearer picture of their preferences, so they invited the most influential wine writers of the country, Tony Aspler, Gurvinder Bhatia, Sid Cross, Anthony Gismondi, Nick Hamilton, David Lawrason, Rod Phillips, David Scholefield, John Szabo, and Bill Zacharkiw (see their bios) to judge this year’s competition. Eleven judges from Canada’s three major wine importing regions spent 3 days sniffing, sipping, and spitting Chilean wines in 14 varieties and 2 price categories (US$10-14.99  and $15-$25).  Each winery was allowed to submit up to 6 wines and all were required to be bottled, labeled, and ready for sale (no barrel samples were accepted).

The varietal categories allowed were:

Sparkling wines (any varietal), Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Late Harvest, Other Whites, White Blends, Rosé (any varietal), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz, Other Reds (Malbec, Zinfandel, Carignan, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, etc.), and Red Blends.

Our congratulations to this year’s “Best of the Best,” which went to:

Best in Show:
San Pedro 1865 Single Vineyard Syrah Cachapoal 2007, Cachapoal Valley

Best Value White:
Viña Bravado Marina García Schwaderer 2009, Casablanca Valley

Best Value Red:
Via Wines Oveja Negra Reserva Cabernet Franc Carmenere 2008, Maule Valley

Husband & wife winemaking duo Felipe García and Constanza Schwaderer of Bravado Wines accept the Best Value White award for their Marina García Schwaderer Sauvignon Blanc

René Merino, Nicole, and Juan Somavía accompany husband & wife winemaking duo Felipe García and Constanza Schwaderer of Bravado Wines as they accept the Best Value White award for their Marina García Schwaderer Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Rafael Tirado receives the Best Value Red award for his Via Wines Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc Carmenere

Nicole, Via winemaker Rafael Tirado, René Merino, Juan Somavía: Best Value Red award for his Via Wines Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc Carmenere

The 11 Best in Category Awards presented went to:

Best Sauvignon Blanc:
Viña Bravado Marina García Schwaderer 2009, Casablanca Valley

Best Chardonnay:
Cono Sur
20 Barrels Limited Edition Chardonnay 2008, Casablanca Valley

Best Other Whites:
Cono Sur
Vision Viognier 2009, ColchaguaValley

White Blends:
Estampa
Reserve Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay/Viognier  2009, Casablanca Valley

Best Pinot Noir:
Cono Sur
20 Barrels Limited Edition Pinot Noir 2008, Casablanca Valley

Best Merlot:
Ventisquero
Grey Merlot 2007, Colchagua Valley

Best Carmenere:
Casa Rivas Gran Reserva Carmenere 2007, Maipo Valley

Best Syrah:
San Pedro 1865 Single Vineyard Syrah Cachapoal  2007, Cachapoal Valley

Best Cabernet Sauvignon:
Echeverria
Founders Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Maipo Valley

Best Other Reds:
Odfjell
Vineyards Orzada Carignan 2006, Maule Valley

Best Red Blend:
O. Fournier
Centauri Blend 2008, Maule Valley

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Click here to download the complete list of the 7th Annual Wines of Chile Awards Winners.

Hosts Hugo Salvestrini and Chilean singer Nicole kept the pace rolling and juggled between the awards themselves, the food (prepared by Chilean chef Guillermo Rodriguez with stations to represent the cuisine of the north, south, and central regions), and the entertainment, which included music from both countries–Nicole getting the crowd to their feet with Chilean favorites and Canadian singer Mia Praught belting out great jazz standards.

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Artist Felipe Hernández and his "Full-bodied Chile" Painted Bodies

Artist Felipe Hernández and his "Full-bodied Chile" Painted Bodies

Anyone who has ever been here knows that Chile is truly a land of diversity, and as a means of emphasizing that concept, the theme of this year’s Annual Awards was “Chile: a Full-bodied Country.”

Video images flashed the sights, sounds, faces, and places of Chile throughout the evening,
and as a special treat, Chilean artist Felipe Hernández presented work from his “Painted Bodies” project by painting live models with emblematic Chilean colors and images.

Want more pictures?  See our new Photo Gallery!

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10 Responses to “7th Annual Wines of Chile Awards: We have our Winners!”

  1. GENESTE says:

    where it’s posible to see gold medals and silver.

    thanks

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  3. Will there be complete tasting notes posted? If so, is there an estimate of when they will be released?

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