Found in a photographer’s files. 2005-6? From an article published in the Wiken El Mercurio (without our consent) about the fledgling garage wineries in Chile. Somehow they got their hands on a bottle sold to friends and managed to make us the centre of the piece about a new phenomenon for Chile.
Our present logo begins with 2008 vintage.
Encontrado en los archivos de un fotógrafo. 2005-6? De un artículo publicado en el Wiken El Mercurio (sin nuestro consentimiento) sobre las incipientes bodegas garaje en Chile. De alguna manera se consiguieron una botella vendida a unos amigos y alcanzaron a convertirnos en el centro del artículo sobre un nuevo fenómeno para vino en Chile. Logo actual se hace por cosecha 2008.
Excellent talk. Recommended 🎧👌🏻
Listen to us at PodCAV where journalists Alejandro Jiménez @ajsusarte, Ana María Barahona @anam_barahona and Ana María Cumsille @amcumsille talk about our results in the 2023 Tasting Table Guide.
Excelente charla. Recomendada 🎧👌🏻
Escúchanos en lo PodCAV donde los periodistas Alejandro Jiménez @ajsusarte, Ana María Barahona @anam_barahona y Ana María Cumsille @amcumsille conversan sobre nuestros resultados en la Guía Mesa de Cata 2023.
Terrific to see our partner Alvaro ¨The Investigator¨ given some well deserved ink. Alvaro is a study in under statement in the classic English tradition. A wine scientist he has published a great deal of ink / of papers over the years although perhaps he is better known in the
academic community for his teaching. Never one to toot his own horn— nor take the time to be interviewed come to think of it, he is today Chile´s representative for the OIV, various academic boards and scientific bodies to boot. Alvaro quietly spends a great deal of time with Pilar and I in the Garage. He is an essential part of our viticulture practices and a fundamental part of blending. Trained in Europe and very well wine travelled, with years consulting he remains acutely and technically curious. He has one of the best palates in Chile, and his humility forms an integral part of its application. We have learned a great deal from Chile´s investigador. @la.cav
Estupendo ver nuestro socio Alvaro ¨El Investigador¨ recibe un poco de tinta bien merecida en La Cav. Álvaro es piola en la clásica tradición inglesa. Un científico del vino que ha publicado una gran cantidad de tinta en los últimos años, aunque tal vez es más conocido en la comunidad académica por su docencia. Toma pocas oportunidades de ser entrevistado, hoy en día es el representante de Chile en la OIV y en varios consejos académicos y organismos científicos y también Premio Mérito Vitivinícola por sus colegas. En silencio, Álvaro pasa mucho tiempo con Pilar y conmigo en el garaje. Es una parte esencial de nuestras prácticas de viticultura y una pieza fundamental en el ensamblaje. Formado en Europa y muy viajado por el vino, con años de consultoría sigue siendo un perseguidor curioso. Tiene uno de los mejores paladares de Chile, y su humildad forma parte integral de su aplicación. Hemos aprendido mucho de El Investigador.
Very pleased with results of Mesa de Cata of La Cav this year. The wines did rather well tasted blind amongst their peers. If consistency is a virtue then the wines are virtuous indeed. [ The surgeon general recommends drinking various of our different bottlings / labels if you want to be more virtuous yourself 😊
Always good to see how wines do when tasted blind amongst their peers — all the more so a team of tasters come to agreement!
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Más resultados de Mesa de Cata de La Cav. Estupendo ver que los vinos lo hacen bien catados a ciegas entre sus pares. De nuevo, si la constancia es una virtud, los vinos parecen ser virtuosos— y así se recomienda beber varias etiquetas si se quiere ser más virtuoso 😊.
Pioneering winemaker, Derek Mossman Knapp of Garage Wine Co, will be in Toronto soon to launch their Old-vine Revival project, an initiative to revive small parcels of old vines of the historic variety “País” during lockdown. Garage Wine Co is passionate about bringing this historical variety to a new generation of wine drinkers in Ontario.
The Revival project is not sustainable it is regenerative, and not just for the vines but for the community as well. The venture centres around working with small farmers to revive their old vineyard plots neglected due to poor grape prices and some having been burned in the bushfires of 2017. ̈The plots are simply: too small, too far from a paved road and their rows are too narrow to get a tractor between to be considered feasible by the mainstream ̈ Derek says.
̈We have realised the value of old vines is not in their photogenic candelabra profile above ground, but in their roots. These roots that have spent literally a century and more adapting to their place. Old roots drink deep and they are shock absorbers for vintage swings, drought and even fire. The roots have a tremendous life-force in them and new shoots come up that, with a little coaxing, come back to produce gorgeous fruit. ̈
When the pandemic hit, vignerons were travelling to jobs in shared vans and putting themselves at risk. Garage wanted to do something to help protect them so they created a project where they could work in safe social bubbles close to home. Many had neglected vineyards in their own backyards, which provided the safest work environment possible under the circumstances. Derek says: ̈When we saw all of this we reached out to Nicholas Pearce Wines and asked for some special ́En Primeur Support ́. None of this would have happened without their collaboration. ̈
The small parcels were planted with País in generations past. País arrived to Chile from the Canary Islands and it is documented as far back as 1548 when it served as the wine for Catholic Mass, as well as an important part of homesteading going on on the Southern frontier. Since then, perhaps twenty generations have farmed País in this allegedly New World wine neighborhood. Over the past twenty-five years many vineyards have fallen into neglect. By creating work the Old-vine Revival Project offers something for younger generations to stay on the farm for—instead of heading for the cities in search of a livelihood.
In his closing remarks at the UK launch recently Derek asked : ̈What if ́farming ́ –cultivating and sowing for the future– could be a metaphor for a business ethos that goes beyond the vineyard earthworks, and helps establish a new measuring stick – a new ́bottom line ́ that includes the local community and our planet? Business can be a force for good, and not just in the good times, but in the tricky ones too. ̈
The new 2021 Pais Old Vine Revival and other wines from Garage Wine Co are available through Nicholas Pearce Wines …
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About The Garage Wine Co:
Garage Wine began quite literally in the garage of Pilar and Derek Mossman Knapp. After half a dozen vintages making wine for an informal market of family and friends, it began exporting to UK and Denmark in 2006
Their wines include a series of dry-farmed field-blends of Cariñena, Garnacha, Monastrell, País, Cinsault and Cab Franc grown on pre-phylloxera rootstock with small farmers in the Maule and Itata. Each wine is from a one-to-two hectare parcel in more than a dozen locals: Bagual, Calivoro, Guarilihue, Puico, Sauzal, Truquilemu….
Garage revives old vineyards — diamonds in the rough, practicing regenerative farming, working elbow to elbow in the community. They have a keen focus on small parcels ( bottling these lots individually) and the inclusion of small farmer growers whose families have been the stewards of these old vines for centuries.
Derek Mossmann Knapp – Garage Wine Co.
Maule & Itata, Chile
Garage Wine Co. began quite literally in Pilar Miranda and Derek Mossman Knapp’s Garage. Today Garage Wine Co. makes wines from small parcels of individual vineyard sites, working in conjunction with local growers.
Focusing on dry irrigated old vines, they produce dry-farmed field-blends of Carignan, Garnacha, Monastrell, País, Cinsault and Cabernet Franc grown on pre-phylloxera rootstock with small farmers in the Maule and Itata.
The vineyards are on the old Coastal Range of mountains closer to the Pacific — Chile’s other mountains. These are older and cooled more slowly so they have granitic soils, many with intrusions and cracks for roots to get deep down into.
Utilising regenerative farming techniques, they cultivate these vineyards with the local community, who work with horse and plough as local families have done for generations.
“In these times it is important to stand for what you believe in, and more importantly to build the kind of business you believe in. At Garage Wine Co. we revive old vineyards in marginalised Chilean communities to make coveted wines.”
Derek Mossman Knapp
More at: https://www.oldvines.org
Guess where we are plying our wares this week?
Adivina donde estamos laborando esta semana ?