Last month Chile had a rather important guest tasting his way around the vineyards: Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator’s Managing Editor. As one of the most influential wine publications in the world, getting a visit from Wine Spectator is important for wine countries as well as individual wineries and Kim’s visit in late January was marked with success in showing the wine expert Chile’s great diversity of wines and regions.
“What’s exciting here is the diversity of terroirs, climates, and grapes,” Kim said at the end of his visit, “and Chile seems to be really expanding its frontiers of wine making.”
While Kim joined Wine Spectator in 1988 (and also leads tastings for Austria, Germany, Greece, Portugal and Southern France), he hadn’t been to Chile for 22 years. “Compared to 23 years ago there’s much more diversity and many more things happening,” he commented. “I’ve seen lots of interesting things happening here, that I didn’t expect… I’ve really enjoyed the passion that the vintners have shown for their wines, and their terroir, and finding out how those two react.”
After this trip though he hopes to come back to Chile with more frequently. “I like to go hiking in the desert and the mountains, which Chile has a lot of so I want to explore that in the future!”
While in Chile (from 22nd to 31st January) he visited Veramonte, Matetic, Casas del Bosque, Casa Marin, Santa Rita, De Martino, Casa Silva, Cono Sur, Lapostolle, Montes, Koyle, Concha y Toro, Santa Carolina, Errazuriz, Maycas and Tabali alongside experiencing thematic tastings of Elqui and Limari Valley, Aconcagua Valley, Cachapoal Valley, Maipo Valley, Colchagua Valley, Casablanca Valley and Leyda. He even took a helicopter flight over the valleys of Maipo, Colchagua, Casablanca and Limari!
After an action packed week, Kim said he was leaving happy: “I want to thank all the winemakers that have taken their time to make time for me and show me their wines, terroirs and their wineries… It has been a fascinating adventure!”
By Amanda Barnes
Photo of Kim on a tasting with some of Chile’s winemakers