The history of Carmenère in Chile began in 1850 when
national vintners traveled to Bordeaux, France and returned
with noble French varieties. The variety disappeared in Europe
shortly thereafter as a result of the phylloxera crisis. It
remained in Chile, however, and for the following century was
associated with Merlot. In 1994, French ampelographer Boursiquot
visited one vineyard in Maipo Alto that was supposedly Merlot,
but identified it as Carmenère, that was dissaperead
in Europe for the phylloxera crisis.
On this tour we will review Carmenère’s recent
history by visiting De Martino winerie that was the first
to bottle wines of this kind and one of the emblematic examples
of this variety. Finally, you will have the opportunity to
buy the best wines of this variety in a wine shop in Santiago.
Discover Chilean wine’s emblematic variety.