Santa Carolina, one of Chile’s oldest wineries, presents vertical of very rare 20th century wines found in secret cellar after 2010 earthquake

Press release, 24 August 2017

Santa Carolina, one of Chile’s oldest wineries, presents vertical of very rare 20th century wines found in secret cellar after 2010 earthquake 

Santa Carolina – at 142 one of the oldest wineries in Chile and previous winner of Wine Enthusiast’s New World Winery of the Year, is hosting a unique, one-off vertical Heritage tasting of wines dating back to the 1950s which were discovered in a secret cellar amidst the rubble of the devastating 2010 earthquake. This exclusive event for top opinion leaders and wine writers will take place on 5th September at Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social.

After the devastating earthquake that hit Chile in 2010, old documents explaining the vinification techniques used by Santa Carolina in the 1950-60s were found scattered amidst the rubble of the winery’s collapsed buildings, while a wine library of old bottles was discovered in a formerly hidden compartment of the underground cellar. These findings laid the foundation for a major rescue project to preserve this valuable heritage.

The event, co-hosted by Head Winemaker Andrés Caballero and Chilean Wines expert Peter Richards MW, will take guests on a walk through 142 years of Santa Carolina’s Chilean winemaking heritage focusing on two aspects of this exciting heritage project:

A vertical tasting of Santa Carolina’s historic icon wine, Luis Pereira, which will compare vintages from the 1950s and 60s with wines of the current era including the latest releases.

A presentation of the Bloque Herencia project to rescue the world’s sole unique DNA of pre-phylloxera old vine material that arrived in Chile between colonial times and the 19th century.

Andrés Caballero says, “From its early beginnings right up to the present day, Santa Carolina has played a major role in Chile’s wine history. The heritage and tradition built up in nearly one and a half centuries are the foundation of our wines and convey our essence and origins. We’re very proud to have preserved this heritage particularly as it is so rare in Chile, and also to continue innovating and pushing the boundaries of winemaking and moving forward.”

Made from 70 year old Cabernet vines grown in the best valleys in Chile, the Luis Pereira 2013, as it says on the label, is an invitation to experience Chilean heritage, having been made using Santa Carolina’s wine recipe from the mid-20th century.  Head Winemaker Andrés Caballero says, “The Luis Pereira embodies the fusion between the past and the present.” He continues, “With this latest release I have returned Santa Carolina’s historic icon wine to its original 1950s style but with newfound innovation and inspiration.”

Places are extremely limited so if you would like to attend please RSVP as soon as possible to Emma Roberts at Eviva Communications on 07931 578117 or emma@eviva.co.uk

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