Category Archives: Maipo Valley

Hoops

Our final visit and the last wine to complete our list of 80 Wines was a particular delight.

We met Guy Hooper on our travels in Chile and we were enthralled by his story of a homemade winery in the Maipo Valley. Guy makes just one or two barrels of wine each year from the vines he planted outside his front door. His family helps him and he has a harvesting festival at his house when it comes time to pick. The blend of his wine he says is down to the birds and what they don’t eat from his twenty or so small rows of vines. Each bottle is hand numbered and Guy keeps a book so he has a record of who the wine was given to or drank with. He often asks his visitors if they have a special number

The favourite wine here was the 2016 Hoops which was still fermenting in Guy’s garage winery. Guy punched through the cling film wrapper on his plastic fermenting box and syphoned off a little of the yet to be released (yet to be fermented) wine for us to try. All we can say is 2016 will be a good year and yes it will be highly limited of course. We hope Guy will keep the number 80 from the 2016 vintage for us when it is bottled as that will be a pretty special ending to the project and a cool bottle to have at the film premiere.


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Concha Y Toro

Some tricky traffic in Santiago made it a bit of a mission to get to the next winery which was Concha Y Toro in Santiago.

Our favourite wine here was the Concha Y Toro Terrunyo Carmenere 2013.


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De Martino

We braved the Santiago traffic to visit one of the wineries with a super long history in Chile. De Martino in the Maipo Valley has the family generation story dating back to 1934 when the family moved from Italy. We really enjoyed the wine tasting with Sebastian De Martino and then held an interview in the library amongst the aging bottles of vino.

Sebastian was a great host and is clearly passionate about the family business which he is a big part of and also the challenge of making ever greater wine despite the odd challenge such as an earthquake.

The favourite wine for our list on this session was the Vigno Old Vines 2013.


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More info on the film is at www.vintagesixteen.com 

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