In 2006, Alexander Vik purchased 11,000 acres of undeveloped land in Chile’s Millahue Valley to create a winery where nothing had been before. His goal? “To enter the great pantheon of wines in the world.”
Although on a map it might seem rather unimposing, Lastarria is in fact one of the oldest and most bohemian of Santiago’s many neighbourhoods.
If your resolution for the new year is travel, let this slideshow of 15 favourite destinations serve as inspiration for the year ahead.
Geographically, Chile counts as part of the New World, but in terms of its wine, it has a good claim to be part of the Old. Spanish missionaries and settlers planted grapevines there as early as the 1550s—and not just for sacramental purposes, by any means.
The Remota hotel in Patagonia, three hours from Chile’s Punta Arenas airport and just outside Torres del Paine Park, is appropriately named. Set among fjords, glaciers, and the Señoret Channel, the property’s backdrop is a blanket of wild golden grass, contrasted by cool blue water and South American sky.
There are wine competitions devoted to chardonnay and there are celebrations of zinfandel, but carmenère might be the first grape variety to have an anniversary party.