Featured Wineries 2019 Southern Hemisphere
CASA MARIN (Cartagena, CHILE)
Represented by Felipe Marín
Nothing describes this winery better than the story of a woman, María Luz Marín, who persevered to create fine and exclusive wines. In 2000, against advice from colleagues and experts, she decided to establish her winery in Lo Abarca, a small town in the San Antonio Valley. Despite warnings about problems with location, the cool climate, and people’s disbelief, she was successful in developing a vineyard and winery whose wines have received numerous world awards, helping position Chile in a distinct light with its high quality, high value wines. Her son, Felipe Marín, follows in her footsteps as a winemaker. Together they have created some of the most awarded Chilean wines outside of the country in the icon and premium categories, and they dedicate themselves exclusively to the winery. In general, it is the Marín family team – siblings and children – who continue to passionately support this boutique winery’s growth.
RITUAL (Casablanca, CHILE)
Represented by Sofía Araya and Kimberly Charles
Ritual’s organic estate is situated in the extreme eastern end of Chile’s Casablanca Valley, set against the sweeping beauty of the coastal range and heavily influenced by the cooling effects of the Pacific Ocean and Humboldt Current. Vineyards are surrounded by 6000 acres of native forest, creating a balanced, biodiverse landscape for healthy vines to thrive alongside natural wildlife corridors and native vegetation. The grapes are hand-harvested in small batches at first light in the cool morning and carefully double-sorted. Whole berries are added to open-top tanks with hand punch-downs during fermentation. Wines are basket pressed, and only native yeasts are used obtaining a natural balance and greater purity. During university, Sofía Araya worked as a winemaker at Casa Lapostolle, and then at Luis Felipe Edwards for four years. In 2009 she was offered the assistant winemaking job at Viñedos Veramonte, which is the parent company for Ritual wine. She now oversees the production of Veramonte, Primus, and Ritual wines.
TABALI (Limarí, CHILE)
Represented by Felipe Müller East
The particular nature of the terroir in each of Tabalí’s vineyards means that their wines are appreciated by people who value wines with character. They are the pioneers and one of the biggest innovators in developing viticulture in the Limarí Valley. With the objective of seeking new terroirs in the valley, the company bought the former El Bosque vineyard in the mountainous sector of Río Hurtado in 2010. Here it planted a vineyard at an altitude of 1,600 metres, which made Tabalí the only winery to own vineyards from the ocean to the mountains in the same valley. Viña Tabalí chooses slopes facing away from the sun, which are unique and exceptional terroirs for singular wines. The indigenous El Molle people lived in the Limarí River Valley. The cellar at Viña Tabalí was designed and built to be reminiscent of the Molle way of life. Built right on the ravine, the building fits naturally into its environment.
MT. BEAUTIFUL (Spotswood, North Canterbury, NEW ZEALAND)
Represented by Robert Watkins & Suzanna Mannion
Owner, scholar-entrepreneur, and New Zealand native David Teece, along with his wife Leigh, believes their homeland “produces some of the best products in the world and aficionados everywhere should have a chance to experience them.” Mt. Beautiful Wines from North Canterbury reflect their passion for New Zealand. By producing elegant, certified-sustainable, estate-grown wines, David and Leigh have found a way to truly encapsulate in the bottle, the climate and the richness of the land. Mt. Beautiful is uncompromising in quality and faithful to the terroir. As pioneers of the North Canterbury region, David and Leigh were looking to invest in David’s homeland in a way that would allow expression of their passion for farm-to-table food and wine, while energizing the community to which they are so genuinely committed. By creating the Mt. Beautiful Vineyard and adopting certified-sustainable practices, they are able to be dedicated guardians of the land, and good stewards of their heritage.