Altaïr - a Chilean vertical
I first visited Altaïr - named after the brightest star in the firmament - in December 2005 while 'on holiday' in Chile and Argentina (actually non-stop winery visits) just before I started working full time for Jancis. My recent trip to Chile to judge in the Fifth Wines of Chile Awards offered a great opportunity to escape the London winter for a few days after the judging was over. This time it really was a break, including a brief but jaw-dropping visit to the Atacama desert (above right) in the far north of the country and a few days' relaxing on a farm in the Cachapoal area, about an hour and a half's drive south of...
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