More than 150 Chilean wines were imbibed at Wines of Chile’s 8th Annual Chilean Wine Festival in Toronto, Ontario on October 2.
The Royal Ontario Museum – one of North America’s largest museums and a repository for sophisticated collections of culture and natural history – was an inspiring and elegant venue for the event.
600+ attendees enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the wine trade, meet winemakers directly, and stimulate their palates with a diverse selection of excellent Chilean wines.
“This year we achieved two important goals with our event,” says Wines of Chile’s Managing Director Claudio Cilveti.
“Firstly, we showed Canadians the quality and diversity that Chile has to offer due to the geographical wealth with which the country is blessed and which is imprinted directly on each wine.”
“As well as this,” he continues, “we demonstrated that sustainability has become an extremely important issue for the Chilean wine industry, and that we are taking firm steps with the ongoing sustainability certification process.”
Sustainability was a key theme in the afternoon’s sold-out seminar, “Sustainable Chile,” which was delivered by expert agronomist James Robinson. The seminar included a tasting of nine certified sustainable wines from Chile.
Focus tables engaged sommeliers and influential industry professionals through topics such as “Top Picks for Licensees,” “Appellation Nation,” and “Elqui and Limarí.”
The trade tasting and seminar were followed by an evening dinner for a select group of 350 enthusiasts and media members, with a delicious menu prepared by Daniel Catering and Chilean Chef Andres Michel. Live Latin music complemented decadent Chilean cuisine, along with – of course – perfectly-paired Chilean wines.