Our Chilean winery partner Koyle was featured in Forbes recently for their organic San Antonio Valley Costa La Flor Sauvignon Blanc. Contributor Lauren Mowery’s article “Travel The World With Wine, No Passport Necessary: Chile Edition” focuses on exploring different cultures through the wines of the world, without ever leaving the house – at least for now! The article, wines and stories certainly have us salivating for both wine and travel! From the article:
“After Chile’s reds became a hit with U.S. consumers, producers turned to whites. Much of the Chilean interior is hot and dry and unsuitable for wines of finesse and freshness. The coast, however, moderated by the cold Atlantic, proved fertile ground for grapes like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. New vineyards sprung up in Leyda, Casablanca, and mere miles from the water in San Antonio Valley.”
Koyle Costa La Flor Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio Valley, 2019, $17 Grown organically in granite soil, this bottle tastes of the salty sea. Peach, lemon, and fresh ginger left me salivating for summer tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella salad. Not so herbal as many cool-climate Sauvignons, to me a welcome stylistic respite after a decade of sipping grass.
Koyle Costa La Flor is elaborated by winemaker Cristobal Undurraga at the Vina Koyle winery in the Cholchagua Valley. The namesake Koyle flower graces the label, and represents the beauty of the region and Koyle’s commitment to quality.
Koyle Family Vineyards’ Philosophy
Viña Koyle was born from the tradition that the family Undurraga carry in their blood; a family dedicated to winemaking for more than 6 generations, started by Francisco Undurraga Vicuña in 1885. In 2006, Alfonso Undurraga Mackenna bought the Los Lingues estate and immediately began with his son, Cristobal, to plant the mountains with red grape varieties, starting the story of Koyle Family Vineyards.
“From the beginning when our family first started Koyle, our primary goal was established: To link the land, its people and its habits to the wines we share with our customers. The philosophy behind the quality is based in the unique expression coming from the rocks we found in the vineyards at the foot of the Andes mountains. The flavors of our foods – the summer fresh tomatoes, indigenous potatoes, basil, corn or green salads – come together through the pride of the people who have been growing these with skill, in a beautiful setting that motivates us to craft wines which will enhance these sensational flavors. We proudly cultivate our vineyards with respect to all who work the land, creating indelible wines that bring happiness and reflect the beauty and complexity of the Colchagua Valley region.” – Cristobal Undurraga