Matetic – Chile's Syrah superstar

Matetic vineyards

And the Pinot Noir isn’t bad, either. Watch out for the Grenache … and possibly Albariño.

The Matetic estate is one of the most impressive and expansive in Chile. The property spans some 16,000 ha (39,537 acres) of rolling hills in Chile’s Rosario Valley, just 15 km (10 miles) from the Pacific Ocean, and is home to 140 ha (346 acres) of vines planted in four vineyard holdings.

More importantly, it’s through these holdings that the estate has become a leader in both biodynamic farming and in the development of Syrah as one of Chile’s viticultural strengths. Recently I visited...