Wines from the Maule and Casablanca Valleys Won Great Prizes in Catad’Or Santiago Contest

The contest, which seeks to promote Chilean wines abroad and to position the touristic and culinary attractions that the city offers, had a panel of judges made up of national and international experts.

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The 9th version of Catad’Or Santiago Chile Wine Awards 2014 culminated with the awards ceremony in which the Great Golden, Golden and Silver medals were given to the winners, along with the “Best in show” medals to the best of each variety. This year, the contest, which is the one with the greatest tradition in the country, had a record of 600 entries.

Due to the importance of Chilean wine in the international market and for the image of the country, this year, the contest was sponsored by Fundación Imagen de Chile and ProChile. With the aim of promoting Chilean wine in the international market and strengthening Santiago as a destination for tourism, a strategic alliance was made to have the Ilustre Municipalidad de Santiago host the awards ceremony. The contest was also sponsored by Cristalerías Chile, Air Canada y Colorama.

The Winners

The Maule and Casablanca valleys stood out among the awarded wines. However, the Great Golden medals, the highest distinction of the contest, went to the Cabernet Sauvignon “800 metros” 2010 from Portal del Alto Winery (Maipo Valley); Late Harvest Erasmo 2010 from Reserva de Caliboro Winery (Maule Valley), Best in show Late Harvest; Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah Dogma Reserva 2010 from El Aromo Winery (Maule Valley), best in show blend, and pisco Mistral Gran Nobel Reserva 40°, from Compañía Pisquera de Chile, Best in show pisco.

At the same time, the golden and “Best in show” medals were awarded to the following wines according to their varieties: Casas del Bosque’s Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2014, Since 1825 Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2011 and Club del Sommelier Gran Reserva Carmenere 2010, both from Carta Vieja Winery; and Alto Quilipín Reserva Syrah 2010 from Alto Quilipín Winery.

In the piscos category, besides the recognition given to Mistral Gran Noble Reservado 40°, the following piscos were awarded with the golden medal: Bauzá Doble Destilado 35°, Gran Pisco Capel 43°, Capel Doble Destilado Guarda 40°, Capel Doble Destilado Transparente 40°, Alto del Carmen Reservado 40°, and Gran Pisco Espíritu de Elquí 45°.

National and International judges

With the patrimonial palaces of Santiago as a backdrop and after a blind tasting, specialized judges from Chile, Brazil, the United States, England, China, Canada, Indonesia and Japan were responsible for scoring the samples that would receive the Silver, Golden and Great Golden medals according to the norms of the Organización Internacional del Vino (OIV) and VinoFed. The Chilean judges were mostly sommeliers and specialized journalists, as well as professionals from the schools of viticulture and enology of Universidad de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Asosiación de Enólogos de Chile.

After the contest, Catad’Or will start a number of activities to promote this year’s awarded wines. In order to fulfill their purpose, Catad’Or has made alliances with Valle Nevado, Puro Wine, Casino Dreams Hotels and Hotel Plaza San Francisco, where guided tasting and “Salones de Medallas” will be organized, which will allow consumers and the hotel and restaurant industries to taste the winners of 2014.

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