Wine from Chile: De Martino Syrah

September 6, 2010 | By | Comments (2)



I'm just back from an amazing trip to Chile, where I toured vineyards and tasted wines from throughout this very long country. One of my favorite wines was the 2008 Legado Reserva Syrah from Vina De Martino. This winery, founded by the De Martino family in 1934, makes both red and white wines from several regions in Chile. Besides producing delicious wines the family is committed to the environment: they farm over 700 acres of organic vineyards and they are the first winery in Latin America to be deemed carbon-neutral (making them the sixth winery in the world to receive the certification). The 2008 Syrah is made from grapes grown in the Choapa Valley in a vineyard in the Andes. It's a big, lip-smacking Syrah with hints of black fruit and dark chocolate and a nice acidity, which makes it a terrific food wine. In Chile they'd serve it with a platter of grilled steaks but it would also be fabulous with a rosemary-crusted rack of lamb or just a pepperoni or sausage pizza. It's hard to believe a wine this good is only $14 a bottle.


  1. Margaret

    DeMartino has always been right up there in the forefront when it comes to innovations in winemaking, caring for the environment, and seeking out new vineyard sites!
    Case in point: this very special wine, which is the ONLY wine that bears the Choapa D.O. (appellation)! Definitely worth looking for!

    September 8, 2010 at 7:43 am
  2. Editor

    So glad you enjoyed your trip! Chile has so much to offer and such a wide variety of wine varieties and styles that there is always something to suit every taste.
    Choapa is a small northern valley–one of the newest wine regions to be discovered–and to date, this is this the first wine bottled from the region–and hopefully not the last!

    September 8, 2010 at 10:28 am

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