Valuing viticulture in Chile

Jose Miguel Castillo

A trend to put growers' names on wine labels, and its consequences, outlined.

Around Santiago, Chile has seen considerable vineyard consolidation over the last few decades. But in regions a bit further from the city, many vineyards are still owned by grower families who hand-work their vines to sell fruit to larger producers. The quality of these vineyards is often high, many of them including valuable older vines. To bring greater recognition to their value for Chile’s heritage as much as its economy, both Viña Carmen and Miguel Torres have begun bottling wine named for the growers who supplied the...