Wine of the month

Each month, Luxofood highlights few selected wines, their origin, their characteristics and how to pair them with food.

This Month the selected wines are from:

VIÑA MORANDÉ

When Pablo Morandé founded Viña Morandé in 1996, he did it with a great vision for the future and with the same audacity that drove him, years earlier, to be the first person to plant vines in the Casablanca Valley. Adopting this pioneering view as their own, their winery created soon after a wine range named “Aventuras” (Adventures). Their purpose was to highlight the unknown diversity of Chilean terroirs and to draw attention to the old vines planted in the vineyards of the Secano Interior (Interior Dryland) of the Maule and Itata regions. But they also aimed at using less renowned varieties that have been traditionally grown there. It may be worth remembering that, since the very beginning of Viña Morandé, the old vineyards grown in the Secano have had a special meaning for our winery. On one hand, Maule, and particularly the area of Cauquenes, is the place of birth of their founder. And on the other, their winery has developed an important viticultural work throughout the years in its different terroirs, crafting wines that have been present since the first day in their portfolio.

VIÑA MORANDÉ PIONEERING SPIRIT

Ten years ago, Viña Morandé chose Ricardo Baettig as the winemaker who best embodied the pioneering spirit of our winery. With a long winemaking career in Chile and in foreign countries, Baettig received in his hands the challenge to continue successfully leading a team of professionals fully committed to the task of projecting our accomplishments and innovations to the next generations.

One of Baettig’s first goals was to relaunch the “Aventuras” project with the aim to continue bringing to light all those exciting jewels that are still hidden in the vineyards of Maule’s and Itata’s Secano Interior, as well as in other still unexplored Chilean terroirs. Although in its origins this wine range neither reached the commercial success expected by our winery, nor was the public yet prepared to face wines of ‘unknown’ varieties, such as Cinsault, Grenache, País, Portugais Bleu, Romano or Carignan, today it is clear that these are precisely the wines that consumers expect and which speak of our country’s rich and deep winemaking history.

Wines Highlight

Vina Morande Reserva Merlot 2018

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TASTING NOTES

Aromas of ripe plum and wild blackberries. This wine has lovely smooth and seductive fruit with hints of bittersweet dark chocolate.

PAIRING

Good to pair with Beef, lamb and veal

More details: https://www.morande.cl/web/english/pionero-merlot/

Vina Morande – Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2019

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TASTING NOTES

An exceptional sauvignon blanc with really vivid aromas of grapefruit, peach and herbs. The palate is juicy and full of flavour, yet dry and refreshing to finish.

PAIRING

Perfect to pair with Mild fish

More details: https://www.morande.cl/web/english/pionero-sauvignon-blanc/

Vina Morande – Reserva Chardonnay 2018

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TASTING NOTES

Aromas are of citrus and other fruits, reminiscent of pears and apples, with certain creamy notes resulting from the fermentation in French barrels. Have a abundant fruit, citrus, and floral notes. Fresh, tense, and well balanced.

PAIRING

Good to pair with whitefish, shellfish, white meats and salads.

More details: https://www.morande.cl/web/english/pionero-chardonnay/