That's what I did. Here's the result. Am I flattered or angered? Who cares, except me?
That’s it, I’m in Chile. I am writing from Chimbarongo, in the very entrance of the Colchagua Valley.
After the cold European winter, it’s quite strange to feel the warm Chilean sun on my skin.
From Santiago we took the highway to the south, a road with the Andes on one side and Central Valley growing’s on the other. There are some wineries, but of course you can find fruit and vegetable fields. Over here watermelon is in a totally different level…
Cono Sur built its reputation a couple of years ago, when it became the first winery in the world to obtain CarbonNeutral delivery status. This doesn’t actually change things there that much, for besides communications, they have a true environmental commitment, which I could measure through their cultural area (an important part of their vineyards are located in the Bío Bío Valley, not very common in Chile), and through the amount of bicycles wondering about the winery.
In the place where this group vinifies their wines (which receives the grapes from all of the company’s vineyards from Limarí to Bío Bío), everybody moves around riding bikes. In fact, the bicycle can be found on many Cono Sur wine labels.
Cono Sur also symbolizes a winemaking Chile that is moving. Next to a great manor house nested between eucalyptus trees, a cellar can be found, full of small barrels , created to treat limited editions (like grapes from Leyda), and the construction of a new winery, which in no time will be receiving Reserva and Premium Pinot Noir, vinified under the double authority of Adolfo Hurtado, and Burgundy Winemaker Martin Prieur.
Because during the crisis, Chile keeps working!
Et moi, j'ai du mal à contrôler mon "oeuvre"...
Ah oui, au fait, l'original avait été posté sur le site d'In Vino Veritas, en janvier 2009.