Learn About Walnut Crest
Although Walnut Crest wines were introduced less than a decade ago, they rank today as the second-largest exported wine brand from Chile.
The producer, Bodegas y Viñedos Santa Emiliana of Santiago, Chile, use grapes grown in its own vineyards, 3,500 acres in Chile's Maipo, Casablanca and Rapel valleys. All three regions are noted for ideal soil and climate. Currently, the company is increasing its vinification and bottling capacity and renovating its cellars to allow it to focus on its premium offerings - Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Learn About Chile
Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south - also why the country has remained phylloxera free....
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Learn About Merlot
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...
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