The 2008 Chardonnay Reserve by Viña Caliterra won the gold medal in the Sommelier Wine Awards 2010 contest, an event held in the United Kingdom in which the most prestigious wines sold in the world’s restaurants, pubs and bars compete.
According to the jury, the keys to the success of the 2008 Chardonnay Reserve were its intense fruit aroma with shades of pineapple, grapefruit and a subtle touch of vanilla. It stands out for its bold acidity in the mouth, which makes is a flavorful and modern wine capable of captivating the most demanding palates addicted to white wine.
The annual event included the presence of the most distinguished British sommeliers and over 1,000 wines from across the world, with a strong presence of products from Spain, France and Italy.
At the international event the Chilean vineyard also obtained important acknowledgement for its products Caliterra Cabernet Reserve 2008, Tributo Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 and Tributo Carménère 2007, which all received silver medals.
According to the vineyard’s enologist Sergio Cuadra, the award is a great achievement that recognizes the excellence of Chilean wines. “This is one of the most important and respected events in the British wine market, which is why we are very happy to receive this prize, which will surely help us to strengthen the image of our wines in Europe,” he said.
Thus Calitera, which was founded in 1996, has strengthened is successful process of penetrating international markets with a proposal that it has managed with its wines to be an example of the potential of Chilean soil and fruit.
Currently led by Eduardo Chadwick, it stands out in the middle of the Colchagua Valley for being a sustainable vineyard with an environmental protection policy.
The British market is fundamental for Chilean wines. According to industry statistics, currently the South American country’s wines have 9.4% of the retail market and specialized stores, while their presence increases to 10.5% in hotels, restaurants, and open wine sales.