There is so much to discover within the enviable stretch of Chilean wine country. With wine production areas that span 1200 kms in length and the entire width of the country (on average 175km), the prospect can be a bit overwhelming for a newbie. Three friends created a dedicated wine space in the heart of Santiago to create a platform for the breadth of Chilean ‘vino’ and their accessible approach to wine tasting is attracting tourists and new wine drinkers as well as seasoned oenophiles.
“The idea of Bocanariz was to have a place in the middle of Santiago that was a showroom for Chilean wine,” says winemaker and owner Katherine Hidalgo, who started the restaurant with friends Daniela Lorenzo and Jerome Reynes. “We always thought if Chile was a wine producing country, when people come here why is there nowhere to try wine by the glass?”
Taking inspiration from other wine capitals across the globe, they opened Bocanariz in 2012 currently offering 35 wines by the glass (including icon wines) and 327 by the bottle. This is also a unique space to do wine tasting flights with different regions and producers, vertical tastings from different vintages and the food menu with Chilean and international dishes is designed specifically for playing with food pairings from different flavor groups like creamy, light, sweet and sour, salty, stewed and sweet. The sommelier-trained staff help guide you through the art of pairing Chilean wine with a kaleidoscope of flavors. “Chilean wine is principally for exportation and we receive a lot of tourism here so we want to show that Chilean wine goes well with recipes from all over the world,” explains Katherine.
There is still nothing quite like getting out to a winery and visiting the true terroirs of Chile, but Santiago is certainly becoming a fun place to quaff the odd glass and offers options to try lots of Chilean wine under one roof. With wines taken from coastal, cordillera and Andes regions from North to South as well as diverse varieties such as Carignan, Pais and Riesling, Bocanariz boasts a great taste of Chilean wine country without leaving the bar stool!
By Amanda Barnes
Other wine by glass recommendations in Santiago:
- Baco Vino y Bistro: Santa Magdalena 113, Providencia
- Le Bistrot, Santa Magdalena 80, Patio del Sol, Providencia
- Bocanariz is located the city centre, Jose Victorino Lastarria 276, www.bocanariz.cl
Do you have a favorite wine bar in Chile? Tweet us your suggestions at @WinesofChile!
To learn more about Chilean wine visit our wine regions page or see our individual members websites.