Wines of Chile hosted its annual Gala del Vino at the end of November, selecting Viña Undurraga as its Winery of the Year.
“We are extremely proud of being named Winery of the Year because it is the most significant award by the wine industry itself – that is to say, by our peers,” General Manager of Viña Undurraga Ernesto Müller told The Drinks Business.
“This achievement is due to our focus on making quality wines, our constant innovation and the important contribution we have made to the sparkling wine category,” Müller explained.
Wines of Chile confirmed their decision focused on this last aspect mentioned by Müller.
“[Undurraga is] the lead contributor to the exponential growth in the consumption of sparkling wines in Chile, bringing this category of wine closer to the consumer via its ‘Sparkling People’ campaign,” the association explained on their website.
The event was held in Casas del Lo Matta in Santiago. Besides Winery of the Year, other prestigious awards were bestowed upon Master Sommelier Héctor Vergara as Industry Person of the Year and Pablo Urria, chief of Direcon Latin America, for Public Person of the Year.
“We know that the principal resource of Chile is copper,” René Araneda, president of Vinos de Chile announced at November’s Gala. “But we believe that our country has the conditions to be much more than a mono-exporter of this product and the development of its agricultural export industry should be protected.”
Viña Undurraga is located 21 miles (34 km) southwest of downtown Santiago in Valle del Maipo, one of the oldest viticulture valleys in Chile. The winery dates back to 1885 where its founder Don Francisco Undurraga began planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Gewürstraminer with rootstock brought to Chile from the Europe.
Viña Undurraga is accessible by bus or by car from Santiago. They open seven days a week and offer guided tours in English and Spanish with a prior reservation. For more information visit their website.