Blog Archives

01 Aug '15

Cahors: Malbec Days (France)

In 2011, Flow Films was commissioned by the UIVC to make a short film in the frigid January winter about the black truffle harvest and the wine of the region. We were invited back in 2014 to be the official photographers of Malbec Days, the biannual week-long showcase of the region for the wine trade. In all, we produced three…
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22 Aug '13

Viña Von Siebenthal (Chile)

In 1998, after two decades of dreaming, a Swiss lawyer named Mauro von Siebenthal, realized his passion in Chile. Through careful study of soil and sunlight exposure, Mauro planted Merlot and Cabernet Franc in the cool clay-limestone soil of the plains, while the warm sandy, stony soil of the hills is ideally suited for the Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carménère and…
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22 Aug '13

Viña Aquitania (Chile)

Bruno Prats (Cos d’Estournel) and Paul Pontallier (Château Margaux) decided to look for high quality land in Chile to plant a new vineyard. Their third associate was their Chilean friend, agronomist and oenologist Felipe de Solminihac. In 1990, they acquired 45 acres in the Quebrada de Macul — historically the heart of the Maipo Valley vineyard. Viña Aquitania was born.…
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22 Aug '13

Viña Casa Silva (Chile)

The Silva family pioneered grapegrowing in the Colchagua Valley with the first vineyards back in 1892. ‘s cellar is the oldest in the valley. They strive to innovate in their vineyards and to pioneer new terroirs in the Colchagua Valley. Also, they are paving the way for Carmenere by investing in research studies in their vineyards to study clones and…
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21 Aug '13

Viña Mayu (Chile)

The Olivier family started Viña Mayu in 2005 and were the first to bring winemaking to the Elqui Valley. They honor the place and its history with the name of the winery – “Mayu” is the Inca word for the Milky Way’s “river of stars”. The driving force for Mayu was transforming a tract of extreme terroir with enormous potential…
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21 Aug '13

Clos des Fous (Chile)

Clos des Fous is about four friends – four crazy guys who have chosen to ignore the “experts” about where to plant vineyards and to trust their own instincts. The team is viticulturist Paco Leyton, winemaker Francois Massoc, terroir hunter Pedro Parra, and “bringer of wisdom” Albert Cussen. Clos des Fous, at its heart, is a project dedicated to finding…
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21 Aug '13

Amayna (Chile)

Matías Garcés Silva launched Amayna with his family’s support in 2002. The word amayna in Spanish loosely translates to “the calm before the storm” – it is that ominous yet peaceful feeling that you only experience around the ocean. Their gravity-fed winery and vineyards sit just 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Vine Connections is a Sausalito, California-based importer and…
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21 Aug '13

Merino (Chile)

René Merino is a physician who got into the wine business through his family’s agricultural background. The winemaker is José Pablo Martin, one of the most exciting young winemakers in Chile who has worked with top Chilean and French producers. Vine Connections is a Sausalito, California-based importer and the exclusive U.S. representative of some of the world’s most unique and…
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21 Aug '13

J. Bouchon (Chile)

J. Bouchon brings together youthful enthusiasm and the wisdom that comes from family tradition. Their history goes back to 1892 when Emile Bouchon left Bordeaux, France to come to Chile. The family’s vision is to take their great terroir and to focus on great boutique wines made with the Bordeaux grape varieties they grow. Today, with Patrick Vallette’s assistance in…
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21 Aug '13

Garcia + Schwaderer (Chile)

Felipe and Connie — Garcia + Schwaderer — met in 2001 and since then their fates have been intertwined. In early 2006 after each had served as a winemaker for separate large wineries, they made their first wine together, a declaration of what they consider “Chilean” wine. They have added each of their own signature varieties — Sauvignon Blanc for…
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