The global wine scene is dominated by wineries from Europe, led by the likes of France, Italy, and Spain. Quietly but surely creeping up is Chile. So it’s with great anticipation that we headed off to a masterclass to experience the diversity of Marques de Casa Concha wines, hosted by winemaker Pablo Pressac, ambassador of Viña Concha y Toro.
We learned from Pablo that Chile’s unique geography as the longest country in the world — it stretches over 4,200 km from the north to the southern tip near the Antarctica — provides the perfect environment for innovation in winemaking. Then there’s the Humboldt Current, a cold, low-salinity ocean current that flows north along the western coast of South America and blows cold winds against the Andes Mountain that separates Chile from Argentina. This natural phenomenon — Pablo shared an interesting trivia that this cold current attracts penguins to come into the Chilean coastal desert — creates microclimates across Chile’s narrow stretch of land that change the taste of wines that are made in exactly the same manner from the same grape varietal but grown in different regions.