You are currently viewing the International Edition. You can also switch to the Hong Kong Edition.
Friday 3 July 2015

World’s first “sacrificed” wine launched

22nd August, 2012 by Richard Ross

A British winemaker in Chile has launched a wine called “Sacrificio”, with bottles buried on a mountain side for months.

Ian Hutcheon, owner of the Tremonte winery, was in the news earlier this year when he produced the first “meteorite-aged” wine. With his new product, Hutcheon is encouraging his customers to “dig up your own sacrificed wine”.

The inspiration for the wines, according to the company’s website, comes from ancient civilisations like the Incas. “Six hundred years ago”, it says, “they used to sacrifice animals, humans and valuable objects on mountain tops”.

Single bottles of the Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Syrah blend have been wrapped in a cloak, nailed into a wooden coffin and buried at the summit of Monte Tuca, near the winery in Chile’s Cachapoal Valley. There are currently 200 bottles hidden on the mountain, which were buried at the Autumn equinox, and have been left there through the Chilean winter.

From 22 September, customers will be able to buy the wine, but will need to have a few hours to spare, and a pair of sensible shoes. Each wine purchased has its own individual map, and customers will be able to climb the mountain, find their bottle with the map, and dig it up.

The round trip to retrieve the bottle is estimated at two hours, assuming your map-reading skills are up to the job.

One Response to “World’s first “sacrificed” wine launched”

  1. Eliza Kraus says:

    Hi,

    We just read this cool article about the South American wine company who buried their wine on a mountain.

    Check out what Leucadia Red wine, a Southern California wine company, did a year ago – we sunk a case of Cabernet under the Pacific Ocean last August. Learn more here in this video:

    http://leucadiared.com/media.htm

    We will be resurfacing this wine in the next few months and plan on auctioning it off to charities.

    Happy to keep you informed on the progress of this. Please let us know should you want more information or would like to be involved/cover this story more in depth.

    Thank you,

    Eliza Kraus
    Leucadia Red Wine
    http://www.leucadiared.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

If that's interesting, how about these?

Wine thieves go on trial

A gang of wine thieves accused of stealing a million euros worth of wine from more...

Vinadeis unveils Languedoc 'black diamonds'

One of France’s largest wine producers has launched a high-end Languedoc more...

Yealands sells majority stake

Yealands Family Wines' owner Peter Yealand has agreed to sell 80% of the more...

PR Senior Account Manager/Director

London, United Kingdom

Depending on experience

Winemaker fined $35k over toxic waste

An Australian winemaker has been fined AUS$35,000 (£17,000) after he was found more...

Winemaker Sting sings to his wines

Musician Sting has revealed that he often sings in his wine cellar and likes to more...

Fire devastates New Zealand winery

A fire has ripped through a New Zealand winery destroying its offices, kitchen more...

UK Sales Manager

London, United Kingdom

Mateus rosé clears up its design

Portuguese rosé brand Mateus is switching to a clear glass bottle this summer, more...

Wine from Napoleon’s carriage to be sold

A bottle of wine apparently found in Napoleon’s carriage after Waterloo – more...

How to drink like a billionaire

With access to tropical islands, private yachts and the best food and drink more...

Warehouse Supervisor

London, United Kingdom

£27,000-£30,000 depending on experience

Lidl hints at plans for online wine shop

UK supermarket Lidl has not ruled out launching an online wine shop, reporting more...

Chilean brand looks back to move forward

Chilean producer Santa Carolina has launched an “icon” wine with a more...

Bordeaux wine thieves found guilty

A French court has sentenced 15 men over the audacious theft of $1.1 million of more...

PR Manager

Competitive

Santa Rita launching new Irish campaign

Chilean wine producer Santa Rita Estates is spending €500,000 on a new more...

Auction house snaps up online wine specialist

Online auction firm Bid for Wine has been sold to The Fine Art Auction Group in more...

The week in pictures

Pub-friendly pooches, Kevin Spacey and a one-off tasting of Achaval Ferrer more...

Global Wine Buyer

London, United Kingdom

Competitive

China’s Ningxia region launches wine contest

Select winemakers will have the chance to travel to China to learn from its more...

The Tour de l'Oc in pictures

A pictorial report of the highs and lows of the Tour de l'Oc cycling challenge more...

Copa América: Malbec vs Carmenère

Saturday sees Chile and Argentina go head-to-head in football’s Copa América more...

International Business Development Assistant

London, United Kingdom

To be determined, based on the profile and experience of the candidate

Rioja revellers soaked in wine battle

Thousands have taken part in Rioja's annual wine fight, drenching each other more...

Deadline looms for IWSC digital post

The International Wine & Spirit Competition has made a final call for more...