Dozens of Chile’s top wineries gain sustainability seal

Wines of Chile honored more than forty of the country’s best vineyards for their work to help the environment and local communities.

Chilean wines won scores of awards and accolades in 2013 and in the years leading up to it. However, as the year drew to a close, Wines of Chile made a point to recognize the work done by the country’s vineyards that you can’t judge on taste alone.

By the end of the year, 43 vineyards across Chile had earned Wines of Chile’s sustainability seal. The distinction “recognizes companies meeting different environmental and social sustainability requirements throughout wine and grape production processes,” according to the organization.

The vineyards were presented with the award during the “Sustainability Challenges in the Viticulture Industry” in December. The event was led by Chile’s subsecretary of Agriculture, Alvaro Cruzat, and the President of Wines of Chile, Rene Araneda and included presentations from international experts from Holland and Sweden.

“‘Sustainability’ implies to take care and responsibility of the possible environmental, social and economic risks, while maintaining good relations and solid channels of communication with different interested parties,” Rene Araneda said at the presentation.

Among the vineyards recognized with the sustainability seal were Viña Errazuriz, a recent award winner in numerous tasting events and whose Don Maximiano 2011, a delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Petit Verdot and Malbec won best in show at Wines of Chile’s annual awards last year. Also receiving the seal was Viña Casa Silva, which had already been named the Chilean vineyard of the year by Association of Chilean Wines and Wines of Chile.

As Chilean wineries continue to collect more awards and international praise, the country is also gaining more recognition as a destination for top winemakers and wine tourism. Last year the coastal the Casablanca and Valparaíso Valley was named one of the tenth wine capital of the world by The Great Wine Capitals Global Network. Perfectly placed between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the vineyards in Chile’s Casablanca and Valparaíso valley produce top-quality, flavorful cool-climate wines, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.