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Old-vine Revival

 

Contrary to what many wine labels champion, most old vineyards are neglected and for three simple reasons.

- too far from a paved road
- too small to fill a truck
- too narrow [between the rows] for a tractor to work

Gorgeous fruit, from age-old vines, simply passed over for not being efficient enough!

Have you ever tasted efficiency?

To learn more about one way Garage is helping to get more old vineyard fruit into a bottle in a shop near you

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Regenerative Agriculture
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Derek Mossman Knapp, founding partner of Garagewine Co. is winner of the 2024 Overall Impact Special Category in the  Old Vine Hero contest organized by The Old Vine Conference.

Se anunció un premio especial en el seminario web de resultados en reconocimiento al trabajo sobresaliente y el impacto general en el movimiento de vides viejas de Derek Mossmann Knapp de Garage Wine Co. en Chile y miembro fundador de VIGNO. Derek Mossmann Knapp fue preseleccionado en las categorías del premio Old Vine Hero Award por Viticultura y Enología y el número total de nominaciones y votos que recibió Derek en todos los ámbitos motivó la presentación de un premio por IMPACTO GENERAL.

Recent Editorial

Give País a Chance


The original wine grape taken to the Americas was Listan Prieto or País as we came to call it in Chile
It came as raisins aboard Spanish Galleons from the Canary Islands and it was
planted as part of early homesteading on farms near the Southern frontier
Documented as early as 1548 this wine for Catholic mass, was soon enjoyed recreationally.
A new world wine dating back to the 15oo´s— doesn´t sound so new?

The Ploughmen







In 2010 Maule suffered one of the most devastating earthquakes ever recorded 9,1 Richter (2 mins 51 secs)
Garage saw an opportunity amidst the devastation and proposed to help some of the small producers in Sauzal to get back on their feet by focusing on old-vine Cariñena for export. After winning the Geoffrey Roberts Award see link to get started, GWCo sold futures en primeur to finance the grafting of Garnacha and Monastrell (grafted on roots of País) next to the original Cariñena to make field-blends. Ploughmen has inspired many in the region and helped raise the value of old-vine fruit.

How we work

We don´t believe the business of sustainability is certification. We´re rethinking old vines and regenerative methods to unlock both flavour and a viable economic future for the farmers. It´s just better business long-term — learn.

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KNOW MORE ABOUT HOW YOUR WINES ARE MADE

We´ve taken the byzantine out and left the mojo in. Take a few minutes and get the skinny, on how we make the wines from small batch ing to single barrel racking, from stems to skins to pressings . . . its back to our beginnings to understand why we ferment and age the wines like we do.

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Friends, Influences & Obsessions

Here are some of our neighbours, colleagues in Swartland, California, Zaragoza and New Zealand . . . who make this crazy wine world rounder.

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MOVI

El Movimiento de Viñateros Independientes / The Movement of Independent Vintners

Founded in 2010, MoVI was the 1st advocate for small producers in South America

Working collectively MoVI challenged and complemented the wine establishment creating a new space that extended the mosaic of Chilean wine.

A positive counter-culture to contrast the mainstream— artisans without a need for ‘scalability’.

As a result, the small wine category is healthy and expanding in South America

Garage Wine Co was a co-founder and an active partner in MoVI

VIGNO - Vignadores de Carignan

Old-vine Carignan producers group founded in the Maule in 2012

A kind of D.O.C. formed voluntarily, where producers agree to work to a common standard that includes:

Old bush-head trained vines
Dry-farmed without irrigation

Minimum 85% Carignan

Minimum two years to release

Vineyards within a designated area of the Maule Valley

Garage Wine Co was a co-founder and an active partner in VIGNO

Almaulé


Almaule is the collaborative effort of six wineries in the Maule to create value for the oldest variety in Chile: País and it’s growers. A tribute to the cultural richness, the history of traditional dry farming (no irrigation) and the resilience of the traditional wine trade.

Goals:
— put País on the table (where there is too much CocaCola and Cabernet!)
— revive its identity and heritage.
— drive demand and better pricing for growers.

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