This photo symbolises the different approaches to wine in Chile. Striding forward is Julio Donoso, who, with the help of André Ostertag, makes the best Pinot Noir in Chile from this biodynamic farmed hill very close to the coast. Behind him with the cowboy hat is a neighbouring farmer setting up his own winery. As they walked through the vineyard, they debated about whether grape growing should be easy or hard, the use of irrigation and oak, and should winemaking be an art or about making money. The success of Chilean wine over the last 30 years has been due to inexpensive, high-volume wine. If it’s to advance, there needs to be a focus on quality, terroir driven wines- something Donoso but not all Chilean producers understand. If you haven’t tried Montsecano Pinot Noir, do so. It’s a must.
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