As part of Pro Chile’s annual Chilean Wine Tour in the Netherlands, prominent Chilean winemaker Rafael Urrejola led a seminar about Tasting Chilean Diversity with nine wines from around the country. At the Dranken Pakket Expo, a major spirits and wines fair in the Netherlands, the seminar focused on wines that demonstrate the unique and diverse terroirs of Chile.
Last year in 2012 was the first time that Pro Chile and Wines of Chile were present at the wine fair, and after positive feedback they chose to come again to show wines to the discerning Netherlands market, in which Chile sells over 3million bottles of wine annually.
The seminar was led by Mr. Rafael Urrejola Winemaking Director of Viña Undurraga, a winery that has done many studies into the different terroirs of Chile and makes wine across the country. Along with their own Terroir Hunter Pinot Noir from Leyda, other wines presented were: Casa Del Bosque Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, from Casablanca; Tarapacá, Gran Reserva Chardonnay, 2012, Leyda; Emiliana, Signos de Origen, Syrah, 2011, Casablanca; Santa Carolina, Reserva de Familia, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Maipo; Santa Rita, Casa Real, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Maipo; Valdivieso, Single Vineyard, Carmenere, 2010, Cahapoal, Peumo; Montes Alpha, Malbec, 2011Colchagua/Apalta/
By Amanda Barnes
Photos by Alvaro Arriagada.
Top photo shows: Rafaele Urrejola, Lars Daniel and Aurelio Montes at the Tasting; Middle photo shows: the audience at the tasting in Houten: Bottom photo shows: some of the wines tasted.