Santa Carolina winery presents rare vertical tasting

Drinks: Wines
Location: Chile

One of Chile’s oldest wineries, 142-year-old Santa Carolina, is set to present a one-off vertical heritage tasting next month.

A phoenix from the ashes, many of the wines to be tasted date back to the 1950s and were discovered in a secret cellar amidst the rubble of the devastating 2010 earthquake.

In the wake of the earthquake, old documents explaining 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 also discovered in a formerly hidden compartment of the underground cellar.

Co-hosted by head winemaker, Andrés Caballero, and Chilean wine expert, Peter Richards MW, the event will feature a vertical tasting of vintages of Santa Carolina’s icon Cabernet Sauvignon: Luis Pereira. This will be followed by a presentation of the Bloque Herencia project, designed to rescue the DNA of pre-phylloxera old-vine material.

The Luis Pereira 2013 is made to Santa Carolina’s ‘wine recipe’ from the last century and uses fruit from 70-year-old Cabernet vines. ‘The Luis Pereira embodies the fusion between the past and the present,’ said winemaker Caballero on the new release. ‘With this latest release I have returned Santa Carolina’s historic icon wine to its original 1950s style but with new-found innovation and inspiration.’

The event for members of the wine trade will take place next week on the 5 September at Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social. To bag yourself a spot, contact Emma Roberts at

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Isabella Sullivan

Joining the Imbibe team in 2016, Isabella worked as a health and food writer before turning to her true passion – drinks. The self-confessed love of her life is gin, but is also particularly draw to the dark side, favouring dark rum and Japanese whisky. She is on the hunt to find the perfect Espresso Martini, something documented on her Instagram and Twitter pages.

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