Casa Silva caps off stellar 2013 as Chilean Vineyard of the Year

The Colchagua winery closes out a remarkable year with the Association of Chilean Wines and Wines of Chile’s highest honor.

In 1997, Mario Pablo Silva and his father decided to make their shared dream of making a top-class wine come true and set to work guided by these basic principles: a commitment to family, sustainability and a respect for nature.

Tucked away in Central Chile’s verdant wine producing Colchagua Valley, Casa Silva’s steep upward trajectory over the past 16 years has taken the vineyard to the top of its industry.

Earlier this year the company joined a small and elite group of operators to hold Wines of Chile’s Sustainability Seal, and seven gold medals at the Vinalies 2013 soon followed — the most won by a Chilean wine at the prestigious competition voted on by France’s Union of Winemakers.

The winery’s biggest honor, however, came earlier this month when Casa Silva was awarded Chilean Vineyard of the Year by the Association of Chilean Wines and Wines of Chile.

“This prize, I believe for any winery, is the maximum recognition that you can get since we are born from this same industry,” Pablo Silva said to Wines of Chile. “It is a historic moment for our family and for everyone who forms part of our team.”

Casa Silva was awarded the prize after organizers considered the winery’s international awards, its commitment to sustainable winemaking across all of its vineyards and its establishment of a project in Chilean Patagonia, Lago Ranco, now the country’s most southerly vineyard.

“Casa Silva is 100 percent committed to the Chilean wine industry and contributes to its image through its outstanding facilities that not only enable the company to welcome both national and international visitors but also to host a full range of leisure activities, seminars, and meetings to enable the development of Wines of Chile,” award organizers said, according to Harpers.

Organizers also noted Casa Silva’s contribution to innovation within the industry. The company pioneered the first Carménère clonal project, creating two genetically distinct clones of Chile’s signature grape.

Head to Casa Silva’s website for directions to the vineyard’s hotel and restaurant, located 130 km outside of Santiago off Ruta 5 between Pelequén and San Fernando.