It’s very exciting to be part of the Chilean Terroir Experience, and I look forward to helping groups of up-and-coming wine professionals understand this outstanding portion of wine country. I thought I should start by talking about my first trip to Chile in October of 2009.
One of the many winery visits was to Errázuriz in Aconcagua. Errázuriz, as much as any Chilean wine producer, has actively sought out cool climate areas to create fresher wine styles. The hunt for cooler spots led Errázuriz away from its sunny Aconcagua heartland and towards the coast, where the climate is influenced strongly by the Pacific’s slow, shallow, and cold Humboldt Current.
The viticultural potential of the 2,587-acre Manzanar Estate near Concón, only 9.3 miles from the coast, was spotted by Errázuriz, which planted vines there in 2005. It was an exciting place to visit and led to an article on Manzanar in Sommelier Journal.
ABOUT STUART GEORGE
Stuart George is an independent wine writer and consultant, and has contributed to publications in five continents including Decanter, FINE, Gilbert & Gaillard, Harpers, Meininger’s Wine Business Monthly, Sommelier Journal, The Tasting Panel and the Times Literary Supplement. In 2003 he was awarded the UK Young Wine Writer of the Year. The following five years, he worked as Tastings Editor and Staff Writer at The World of Fine Wine magazine (winner of Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Wine Magazine 2009, and Louis Roederer Award for International Wine Book 2010). Stuart was co-author of The Wine Box (UK, 2005), leading contributor to 1001 Wines You Must Try Before You Die (2008) and Editor for the sections on Austria and Burgundy of Wine Behind the Label (2011 edition).
Stuart continues to broker consignments of fine wines into London and Hong Kong auctions and travel extensively around the world, participating in international wine competitions and visiting wine regions.
Stuart started his wine career working for the wine merchant Haynes Hanson & Clark (UK) and completed the WSET Diploma program in Wine & Spirits in 2000. He studied English and European Literature at the University of Warwick.