A year on the Hill of Corton

Chile

Ever since I won an award sponsored by Vina Errazuriz from Chile in 2014 I had wondered when and if I’d ever get back there…

Nearly there.

Nearly there.


My previous visit had been in in 1989 so I was very pleased to have the opportunity to return recently.
Like Argentina earlier this year its a day’s flying to get there and the job was only three days. Still I knew the people at Errazuriz will look after me and plan sensibly. So it was that I arrived on a Tuesday lunchtime at Panquehue where Errazuriz has its Icon winery. We were due to work inside as it is still Spring there and the vines were not showing much life from a distance.
Definitely Chilly in Chile

Definitely Chilly in Chile


It was also chilly Chile near Andes but further along the Aconcagua Valley towards the coast at Vina Sena things were a little further on. Anyway meeting Eduardo Gonzales the vineyard manager there would warm anyone’s day. Wednesday was an early morning as we had to arrive at the spectacular viewpoint high in the vines around 6 am. Happily it was well supplied with coffee and Chilean “Jammy Dodgers” !
Sunrise was a little less than spectacular but we managed.
The super Eduardo Gonzales of Vina Sena

The super Eduardo Gonzales of Vina Sena


Pre-dawn start at Vina Sena

Pre-dawn start at Vina Sena


VSdawnCHI_2994blog
Another super Eduardo, Chadwick, who set up Vina Sena with Robert Mondavi but now owns it 100%.

Another super Eduardo, Chadwick, who set up Vina Sena with Robert Mondavi but now owns it 100%.


Chilean “Jammy Dodgers”
very welcome with coffee.


Eduardo Chadwick arrived for his shoot at 8 pleased to find we were not getting the rain he had left behind in Santiago. The clouds duly began to break and by 10 a couple of layers of warm clothing had been shed and some blue sky was available, even if the sun was in the wrong place by now !
Could n't drive past that tree without stopping to admire it !

Could n’t drive past that tree without stopping to admire it !


Leaving Vina Sena, will be very happy to see it and Eduardo again !

Leaving Vina Sena, will be very happy to see it and Eduardo again !


Lunch back at Panquehue was without Tuesday’s gas heaters and the light was wonderful by 4pm.
Hoping I deserved this !

Hoping I deserved this !


The Icon winery at Errazuriz.

The Icon winery at Errazuriz.


The winery under a better sky than the day before.

The winery under a better sky than the day before.


By 6pm I was being escorted to Aconcagua Costa down by the coast and a seafood dinner was provided after a quick dusk tour of a huge rolling vineyard that looked, for once to have been designed for photography.
Raimundo tells me where the sun will rise tomorrow. I want that app !

Raimundo tells me where the sun will rise tomorrow.
I want that app !


Then its off for a Pisco sour and a seafood dinner on the coast.

Then its off for a Pisco sour and a seafood dinner on the coast.


Sunrise over the Andes seen from Aconcagua Costa

Sunrise over the Andes seen from Aconcagua Costa


Again we were on hand for Thursday’s spectacular photoshop style sunrise no one believes was real.
Even in the cloudy morning that followed there were views everywhere and when you have to shoot a soil expert and geologist down a metre deep hole, bright sun is not desirable.
Vineyard manager Carlos, my guide Raimundo and geologist Françoise alongside Emmanuel in his hole !

Vineyard manager Carlos, my guide Raimundo and geologist Françoise alongside Emmanuel in his hole !


Volcanic rock cut through this schist 60 million years ago !

Volcanic rock cut through this schist 60 million years ago !


Françoise and Emmanuel were there on a second soil survey as the vineyard, with its many directional exposures will be home to a number of grape varieties.
Would you believe these experts were Burgundians so a few names were dropped and a little gossip exchanged. I felt right at home !
Again by late morning the sun appeared but after a picnic it was time to head back to Santiago and a crowded flight home.
The sun arrives just as I'm going !

The sun arrives just as I’m going !


It was worth every minute of that journey !

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s