In focus: Chile trends

17th October, 2018 by Lauren Eads


La Ronciere’s 200ha vineyard in Licantén DO in Colchagua Valley

Signalling the strength of its ambitions, in May four new Denomination of Origins (DOs) were signed into law, marking a major step in the industry’s ability to communicate its multitude of microclimates beyond its politically fixed geographical boundaries. What made the addition of three of these DOs significant was that they were not part of a political municipality. Up until now, any DO had to be tied to one to come into being.

Now, a prospective DO must only be close to a locality of the same name and/or a vineyard of international acclaim, setting a new precedent. The three new DOs include Lo Abarca in the San Antonio Valley, and Apalta and Los Lingues, both in the Colchagua Valley. An application put forward for Quebrada Seca, a microclimate in the Limarí Valley, known for its production of Chardonnay, was not permitted to become a DO because it is not associated with a defined locality. Nevertheless, the relaxation of its rules signifies the Chilean authority’s recognition of individual, smaller regions, known by producers for their unique climactic characteristics, but previously ineligible….

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