Could Syrah and Grenache be Chile’s ‘next Cabernet’?

Chris Losh

Chris Losh

12 February 2018

Every restaurant in the country has a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. But perhaps it’s time to make room for an extra listing: Chilean Rhone varieties.

‘We will be seeing more and more Grenache coming out of Chile,’ said Juan Pablo Quijada, commercial director of winery MontGras. ‘It used to be used like País for bulk wine, but more of those producers in the south are bottling it as a varietal wine.’

As well as these older vines being bottled as varieties, according to Quijada, a growing number of producers have also been experimenting with new plantings of the grape over the last decade, and these vines are now becoming fully productive.

It is, he says, a similar story with Syrah, with plantings growing at 20% a year.

‘It’s probably the easiest variety to grow in the whole of Chile, far easier than Pinot Noir or Carmenere,’ he told Imbibe. ‘It works everywhere from Leyda to Colchagua and in the south, too. You will see a whole lot of Syrah in the years to come.’

Related articles

Wine

Kiwi Rôtie: The rise of New Zealand Syrah

New Zealand Syrah is quickly gaining international recognition. Rebecca Gibb MW explains what all the fuss is about.

Spirits & Cocktails

Could agave spirits be the next gin?

From whisky to tequila, everybody has an opinion on the next drink to ‘do a gin’. In this series we speak to the bartenders making a case for each category.

Wine

G-Force: the revolutionaries treating Grenache like Pinot Noir

Old Vines, high-altitude vineyards, granite soils and hands-off winemaking are transforming Grenache from a blowsy, boozy boor into a thrillingly eleg

Spirits & Cocktails

Which Scotch distilleries could reopen next?

After Diageo’s announcement last week of the reopening of Port Ellen and Brora, Dave Broom looks at nine of Scotland’s sleeping beauties to see which,