In his first annual guide to Chile, award-winning British wine writer and Master of Wine Tim Atkin praises the country as a “South American success story” and highlights the changes that have occurred since his last visit in 2010.
“Chile is finally beginning to make the most of its diverse range of climates and soil types,” he says, “thanks to the initiative and investment of the wineries that are pushing the country’s viticultural limits, searching out higher, cooler and more marginal climates and terroirs that are tailored to individual varieties and wine styles. Long and thin it will always remain, but Chile is packing a lot of excitement into such a confined space.”
Atkin argues that Chile is embracing its Spanish roots by promoting País and Cariñena, but also highlights new developments from Huasco in the Atacama Desert to Osorno in the extreme south of the country.
Atkin’s publication, which runs to 111 pages and is the product of a three week trip to Chile, as well as further tastings in the UK, includes:
- Top wines of the year (white, red, sweet and sparkling);
- Scores for over 700 wines;
- 480 tasting notes for wines scoring over 90 points;
- The ten things you need to know about Chile
- Evocative photos of the landscape and winemakers;
- His 2017 classification of the 125 best Chilean wineries.
- Where to eat and drink in Chile
Atkin has also named his nine Wines and Winemakers of the Year:
Tim Atkin MW’s 2017 Chile Special Report is available to download from www.timatkin.com for £15.