On winning the Best Wine Photo Essay prize, Wilson says, “It was great to win this. For me and for Chile, but also for the small plot farmers who are featured in the photographs.”
Wilson and his delectable imagery have appeared in numerous magazines and media. He is particularly inspired by Chile’s succulent vineyards and sublime viticultural zones.
“I love Elqui for the amazing landscapes there,” enthuses Wilson. “Casablanca is great with its rolling hills. I also love Maule. I think of it as the old wine valley of Chile. Maipo is great in winter when there is snow in the vineyards. Aconcagua is wonderful with some amazingly steep vineyards. However, I am discovering new places all the time. Itata and BioBio are also exciting to photograph. As a photographer I look at wine regions as places to photograph.”
Working for Wines of Chile has helped to expose Wilson’s work to a wide international audience. “I guess we benefit mutually,” Wilson notes, “and the main focus is on promoting Chilean wine and wine tourism.”
Look for Matt Wilson’s photographs in a variety of publications, including an 8-page Vanity Fair spread on Chile’s Patagonia that was released in March. Wilson also works closely with Michael Schachner of Wine Enthusiast magazine, and the two are planning exciting projects for the future. “Watch this space!” says Wilson.
Wilson’s Born Digital Best Wine Photo Essay winning images are shown below (courtesy of Matt Wilson):