Las Higueras Vineyard
Maule Valley
Cabernet Franc
Old Bush-head Vines

Special shout out to the Indies in UK today like @vineyards_wine in Sherbourne perhaps one of the positives to come out of this whole mess is that we shall be stronger with Independents @walkerwodehouse #drinkindie #drinkindiedrinklocal #localisthenewblack #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Special shout out to the Indies in UK today like @vineyards_wine in Sherbourne perhaps one of the positives to come out of this whole mess is that we shall be stronger with Independents @walkerwodehouse #drinkindie #drinkindiedrinklocal #localisthenewblack #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Flail mower mulching up the cane / triturando sarmientos #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Flail mower mulching up the cane / triturando sarmientos #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Cab Franc on approach #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Cab Franc on approach #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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El otro extremo del pisoneo #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2021

El otro extremo del pisoneo #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2021 ...

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Bladerunner Winemaker’s Cut #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Bladerunner Winemaker’s Cut #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Pisoneo a veces no es fácil. Y cuando no es fácil generalmente es cuando la fruta beneficia del contacto — después cuando es más fácil pisonear ya es muy tarde ... ... entonces se suben dos a la palanca y se aplica doble el ñeque #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Pisoneo a veces no es fácil. Y cuando no es fácil generalmente es cuando la fruta beneficia del contacto — después cuando es más fácil pisonear ya es muy tarde ... ... entonces se suben dos a la palanca y se aplica doble el ñeque #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Thibault (harvest shadow) loves punching down Thibault (mi sombra durante esta vendimia) ama los pisoneos #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcowinery #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Thibault (harvest shadow) loves punching down Thibault (mi sombra durante esta vendimia) ama los pisoneos #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcowinery #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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The second cut if Cab Franc from Las Higueras is proving difficult to punch down so we have a tag team on the plank over the Barco (Ship of State) #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

The second cut if Cab Franc from Las Higueras is proving difficult to punch down so we have a tag team on the plank over the Barco (Ship of State) #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Han skulle till Nya Zeeland för att åka skidor, men hamnade i Chile istället. Kanadensaren Derek Mossman Knapp stannade kvar i landet och blev en av grundarna till Garage Wine Company samt MOVI, en sammanslutning av småskaliga producenter.

Prövar Garages druvrena Las Higueras Cabernet Franc Lot 54 årgång 2013. Druvorna kommer från bush vines i regionen Maule. Ingen konstbevattning, manuell skörd, naturlig jäst och ingen temperaturkontroll i tankarna. Vinet lagrades 18 månader på gamla franska fat.

Tankarna går mot Bordeaux eller kanske snarare Bolgheri för här finns en generös och tät solvarm frukt parallellt med struktur och syra som stadgar upp. Inget kladd här inte. Noter av plommon, söt tobak, örter, en gnutta vått trä och ett uns vanilj. Även blyerts och svarta vinbär som får mig förbryllat att i sinnet (och på flaskan) söka efter en andel cabernet sauvignon, som alltså inte existerar i det här glaset. Toppas med silkiga men distinkta tanniner. Finurligt bygge med hög energi och bra balans mellan beståndsdelarna.

Gärna mer sånt här från Chile, håller ett öga både på producenten och movichile framöver!
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#garagewineco #derekmossmanknapp #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #maulevalley #chileanwine #winesofchile #vinosdechile #cabernetfranc #terroir #vinvivant #naturalwine #vinnaturel #wine #redwine #vinparaden #handpickedwine

Han skulle till Nya Zeeland för att åka skidor, men hamnade i Chile istället. Kanadensaren Derek Mossman Knapp stannade kvar i landet och blev en av grundarna till Garage Wine Company samt MOVI, en sammanslutning av småskaliga producenter.

Prövar Garages druvrena Las Higueras Cabernet Franc Lot 54 årgång 2013. Druvorna kommer från bush vines i regionen Maule. Ingen konstbevattning, manuell skörd, naturlig jäst och ingen temperaturkontroll i tankarna. Vinet lagrades 18 månader på gamla franska fat.

Tankarna går mot Bordeaux eller kanske snarare Bolgheri för här finns en generös och tät solvarm frukt parallellt med struktur och syra som stadgar upp. Inget kladd här inte. Noter av plommon, söt tobak, örter, en gnutta vått trä och ett uns vanilj. Även blyerts och svarta vinbär som får mig förbryllat att i sinnet (och på flaskan) söka efter en andel cabernet sauvignon, som alltså inte existerar i det här glaset. Toppas med silkiga men distinkta tanniner. Finurligt bygge med hög energi och bra balans mellan beståndsdelarna.

Gärna mer sånt här från Chile, håller ett öga både på producenten och movichile framöver!
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#garagewineco #derekmossmanknapp #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #maulevalley #chileanwine #winesofchile #vinosdechile #cabernetfranc #terroir #vinvivant #naturalwine #vinnaturel #wine #redwine #vinparaden #handpickedwine
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Cab Franc Las Higueras - pisoneo manual con la nariz bien cerca. #gwco lashigueras #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2021

Cab Franc Las Higueras - pisoneo manual con la nariz bien cerca. #gwco lashigueras #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2021 ...

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Don Hugo bringing in the Franc  Don Hugo gameleando el Franc de #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Don Hugo bringing in the Franc Don Hugo gameleando el Franc de #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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If I said “redefining take-away” would I have to explain? Comida “para llevar” redefinido #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

If I said “redefining take-away” would I have to explain? Comida “para llevar” redefinido #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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On this day of Cab Franc #cabernetfrancday #cabernetfranc a pic of @singleferments Pilar walking old vine Las Higueras Cab Franc with Jorge ‘Jolo’ Cancino #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

On this day of Cab Franc #cabernetfrancday #cabernetfranc a pic of @singleferments Pilar walking old vine Las Higueras Cab Franc with Jorge ‘Jolo’ Cancino #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Poop in the vineyard already! How many times do I have to keep saying it. Some animals never learn. #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #regenerate #insoilwetrust

Poop in the vineyard already! How many times do I have to keep saying it. Some animals never learn. #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #regenerate #insoilwetrust ...

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Cab Franc - trained old bush-head no filter required #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #mauleadicto #maule #gwcofieldcraft

Cab Franc - trained old bush-head no filter required #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #mauleadicto #maule #gwcofieldcraft ...

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Great shot of the family working harvest in @la.cav / buena foto familiar de cosecha en @la.cav #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Great shot of the family working harvest in @la.cav / buena foto familiar de cosecha en @la.cav #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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The one and only Monchito / el único original Monchito #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

The one and only Monchito / el único original Monchito #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Que maravilha!!! 🍇🍇🍇 #vindima a pleno vapor 🍇🍇🍇.#Repost garagewineco
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The fruit is what centres everything but the hands that farm and bring in the fruit are the heroes — and there are never enough of them  #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Que maravilha!!! 🍇🍇🍇 #vindima a pleno vapor 🍇🍇🍇.#Repost garagewineco
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The fruit is what centres everything but the hands that farm and bring in the fruit are the heroes — and there are never enough of them #gwcolashiguerasvineyard
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Flower Power en Las Higueras ! #gwcolashiguerasvineyard francly we have flowering power in Las Higueras Vineyard Cab Franc ! @gwco2021

Flower Power en Las Higueras ! #gwcolashiguerasvineyard francly we have flowering power in Las Higueras Vineyard Cab Franc ! @gwco2021 ...

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Amarrando ! #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Amarrando ! #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Mugroneando el Cab Franc de Las Higueras #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Mugroneando el Cab Franc de Las Higueras #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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On this day of Cab Franc  #cabernetfranc #cabernetfrancday Pilar walks Las Higueras V. Cab Franc in the Maule with Jorge George Jolo Cancino #gwcolashiguerasvineyard @singleferments

On this day of Cab Franc #cabernetfranc #cabernetfrancday Pilar walks Las Higueras V. Cab Franc in the Maule with Jorge George Jolo Cancino #gwcolashiguerasvineyard @singleferments ...

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Y para empezar cuarentena un vertical de CF de Maipo con los vecinos: cuarto piso 2017, tercer piso 2016, segundo piso 2015 y @singleferments en primer piso con 2014 / to begin the new lockdown in Santiago we got the neighbours together for a socially distanced vertical of Cab Franc Maipo: fourth floor Jorge with 2017 Lot 9o, third floor Monica with Lot 8o 2016, second floor Alejandro y Alejandra 2015 Lot 70 and Pilar on the ground with Lot 60 from 2014. Pirque Vineyard lockdown vertical — a corona  vertical 
#gwcocabfranc 
#gwcocabernetfranc
#gwcoharvest
#gwcoharvest2020
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#movichile
#gwcolashiguerasvineyard
#gwcopirquevineyard
#garagewineco

Y para empezar cuarentena un vertical de CF de Maipo con los vecinos: cuarto piso 2017, tercer piso 2016, segundo piso 2015 y @singleferments en primer piso con 2014 / to begin the new lockdown in Santiago we got the neighbours together for a socially distanced vertical of Cab Franc Maipo: fourth floor Jorge with 2017 Lot 9o, third floor Monica with Lot 8o 2016, second floor Alejandro y Alejandra 2015 Lot 70 and Pilar on the ground with Lot 60 from 2014. Pirque Vineyard lockdown vertical — a corona vertical
#gwcocabfranc
#gwcocabernetfranc
#gwcoharvest
#gwcoharvest2020
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#movichile
#gwcolashiguerasvineyard
#gwcopirquevineyard
#garagewineco
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#gwcolashiguerasvineyard

#gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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I am only ever away for a few days at a time but each time back they all wave to me #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

I am only ever away for a few days at a time but each time back they all wave to me #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Tie me up tiene down / Átame #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Tie me up tiene down / Átame #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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New reins on the mechanical horse - ready to go! #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

New reins on the mechanical horse - ready to go! #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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#gwcolashiguerasvineyard sarmentando

#gwcolashiguerasvineyard sarmentando ...

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After years tasting our wines to sell wine, this year for the first time we are doing tastings to sell fruit — a rather special old-vine Cab Franc fruit. Instead of buying a part of Las Higueras we have taken on all of it. Part of the job is to inspect the fruit row on row, and the other part is to taste a vertical of what we have done with the fruit : 2o17 & 2o16 barrel samples and 2o15 & 2o14 in bottle. #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2018

After years tasting our wines to sell wine, this year for the first time we are doing tastings to sell fruit — a rather special old-vine Cab Franc fruit. Instead of buying a part of Las Higueras we have taken on all of it. Part of the job is to inspect the fruit row on row, and the other part is to taste a vertical of what we have done with the fruit : 2o17 & 2o16 barrel samples and 2o15 & 2o14 in bottle. #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 ...

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100+ yr old Cab Franc - the old bush-head block #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2018

100+ yr old Cab Franc - the old bush-head block #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 ...

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San Juan de Pirque Vineyard
Maipo Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon

Inspecting Cabernet #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosanjuandepirque

Inspecting Cabernet #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosanjuandepirque ...

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GWCo 2.o


GWCo 1.o

Early On  Lots # 1 - 7

We began Garage Wine Co. with the idea of making wine on a personal scale, by hand with the family. It was physical work, and a therapeutic complement to the hustle and bustle of the then new millenium. Few in Chile were they familiar with the tradition of celebrated companies having begun “in the garage”. Back then wineries in Chile were corporate affairs, named after celebrated last names or saints. And they were generally owned by clubby families with double rr’s in their surname. Once a rather closed circle, much has changed. We went to work and made barrel by barrel with money from the family coffers selling just enough bottles amongst friends and family that we could justify doing it all over again the following year. Soon “the hobby” grasped a firmer hold on family finances and we began to sell wine to strangers who contentedly scooped it up for twenty dollars a bottle. Then an article appeared in El Mercurio newspaper about a “coveted urban myth” of wines made in a garaje. So we patented the name Garage Wine Company.

At the time it was tremendously difficult to get any supplier to take us seriously at our scale. As we had no forklift, the bottle makers chose simply to not answer our mails. The capsule maker wanted a minium 10,ooo piece order. (We had 567 bottles.) And so on… These attitudes were what helped cement our sense of being a denim-clad David up against the agro-industrial Goliaths. We would soon find out that our sense of healthy counter-culture was not appreciated by the powers that be. They would have to get used to constructive criticism— and find a sense of humour.

As all three of us had worked for various large wineries directly or indirectly during the initial boom of Chilean wine, we had come to view the industry (their word not our’s) as makers of great values, a consumer product, often made to spec for a foreign supermarket, rather than wines with a sense of origin or with any sense of volition. Others were spending fortunes building architectural wonders for trophy wineries, but these were simply too big to reflect anything personal. We saw an opportunity for one ship at least to sail in another direction.

Independence  Lots #8-16

When our first child was born Pilar was offered a job in a perfume & flavourings company heading up a new division of ready-made cocktails. It was great news to work part-time and make decent money, but wine is not an easy business to break back into on the other side of babies. As I saw it, the wines we would make in the meantime were her curriculum to break back into the trade. At least that was my justification to take the Garage to the next level. So we applied more ‘ñeque’ en buen chileno.

As Garage Wine Co. wines found their way onto the menu of a half a dozen restaurants notably Portillo ski resort, we began to have contact with other small projects. In our minds, the emergence of other Davids, was a healthy notion that one-day others would come to realise as well.

Some were accomplished winemakers from the industry who had become independents and others were outliers: a lawyer, a photographer, an ex-pat miner and a Count from Tuscany… …in short we liked their wines; they were different. We liked the fact that others faced the same challenges and we began in earnest to scheme together as a group.

Later CORFO would claim that we the small instigated associatividad (a kind of working togetherness) in the wine sector, but writ large we were just being practical. And so it was that in June of 2009 with eleven other small independent producers (the winemakers, the lawyer et. al.) and we came together to form the Movement of Independent Vintners or MOVI. If you say it out loud to yourself in Spanish: El Movimiento de Viñateros Independientes, it sounds almost Monty Python. MoVI forever changed the wine trade in Chile. There have been various other groups formed since such as Vigno — Vignadores de Carignan and Chanchos Deslenguados, but it was MoVI that helped pave the way for others changing export legislation to make it easier for small cellars, fighting to get lesser-known varietals recognised by the SAG and a host of other things. Today MoVI has grown to more than 30+ small wineries from all over Chile and Garage have turned to focus our work principally on the old vines of the Secano Interior.

The earth moved under our feet - Lots 27 +

the Pachamama Vineyard

Having a wine scientist from the University meant Garage began experimenting from its earliest days. First within the well-known and well-heeled Maipo Valley where we sourced fruit higher end higher up into the Andes to get to the fresher Mountain Grown fruit of San Juan de Pirque. Then we began making a small lot of  

Cabernet Franc, initially for a Cab blend, but later we decided to make a second wine. We make both of these wines to this day, but back then we had the feeling that we would never really have control over the fruit. So we decided to go further from the mainstream towards finding a diamond in the rough as it were towards achieving the autonomy we wanted. And so it was that we were invited to see a special farm of a well-known grower in the Maule.

 

                                            Harvesting

After seeing dozens of acres of well-groomed fruit we were shown a small section of specific rows that were available if we were interested. The broker spoke at length about the other well-heeled buyers who purchased fruit from the property— we just wondered about what control we might have over the growing. What would it be like to be like to be the smallest customer of a large grower? All we had to do was send a truck with bins on the assigned day and we would receive the kilos we had agreed, but we would not have means to intervene if we wanted to do so. We declined and in a watershed moment that we did not realise was a watershed at all, we decided to look for some smaller growers and keep experimenting like we had always done. Two roads diverged in the vineyard that day— and we took the one less travelled, and yes, it has made all the difference.

What one needs to understand is that Carignan was in many vineyards in the Maule (600 + hectares are recognised today) but it was very difficult to find. Small vignerons do not know it as Carignan. They have no papers for it and they take of it as if it were Pais.

 

Most of the Carignan (but not all) was planted after a large earthquake in 1939 in Chillan. It was brought as part of an agricultural development programme. It was thought that the Carignan would lend colour, acidity and tannin to make a sturdier country wine in the region. It was usually planted as an extension to an existing Pais vineyard. Whereas the Pais vineyard would be a series of rows as straight as church pews, the Carignan planted much later would follow the relief of the slope — the latest [agricultural] technology at the time.

in the Bagual Vineyard in Caliboro

We set out to look for Carignan talking to vignerons tasting on the roadside and soon a pattern emerged. Some of the vignerons had a fudre of wine for which they wanted to charge an extra luca-- 1ooo pesos. They would explain that this wine had a second Winter ie an extra year of storage— this was because it had the more acidic, more tannic Carignan that needed more time than the Pais. It took an extra year to come around and be approachable so it was the special occasion wine. We would ask to see the vineyard and after confidences were achieved we began sourcing fruit from different small parcels. Wanting to experiment, we made each one separately and this was the beginning of our Maule vineyard based wines each made from a separate parcel in a different place and soil. Eventually, we would travel further and find Carignan in Sauzal, Truquilemu, Caliboro and as far South as Portezuelo.  

Just before harvest in 2010 an earthquake of almost biblical proportions struck in the Maule. We had been working with two properties beforehand, but this would mark a change in how we worked going forward. We saw the Carignan on these small farms as a means for people to bootstrap and come back from the tragedy. We proposed a plan and won the Geoffrey Roberts award. We used the bursary money and subsequent funding from our UK importer: Bibendum to work with these small growers toward making serious wine from each parcel. We grafted Garnacha and Mataro on old Pais roots next to the existing Carignan and we made wines from these field-blends.

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At work in Las Higueras lately...

Special shout out to the Indies in UK today like @vineyards_wine in Sherbourne perhaps one of the positives to come out of this whole mess is that we shall be stronger with Independents @walkerwodehouse #drinkindie #drinkindiedrinklocal #localisthenewblack #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Special shout out to the Indies in UK today like @vineyards_wine in Sherbourne perhaps one of the positives to come out of this whole mess is that we shall be stronger with Independents @walkerwodehouse #drinkindie #drinkindiedrinklocal #localisthenewblack #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Flail mower mulching up the cane / triturando sarmientos #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Flail mower mulching up the cane / triturando sarmientos #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Cab Franc on approach #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Cab Franc on approach #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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El otro extremo del pisoneo #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2021

El otro extremo del pisoneo #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2021 ...

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Bladerunner Winemaker’s Cut #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Bladerunner Winemaker’s Cut #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Pisoneo a veces no es fácil. Y cuando no es fácil generalmente es cuando la fruta beneficia del contacto — después cuando es más fácil pisonear ya es muy tarde ... ... entonces se suben dos a la palanca y se aplica doble el ñeque #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Pisoneo a veces no es fácil. Y cuando no es fácil generalmente es cuando la fruta beneficia del contacto — después cuando es más fácil pisonear ya es muy tarde ... ... entonces se suben dos a la palanca y se aplica doble el ñeque #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Thibault (harvest shadow) loves punching down Thibault (mi sombra durante esta vendimia) ama los pisoneos #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcowinery #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Thibault (harvest shadow) loves punching down Thibault (mi sombra durante esta vendimia) ama los pisoneos #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcowinery #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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The second cut if Cab Franc from Las Higueras is proving difficult to punch down so we have a tag team on the plank over the Barco (Ship of State) #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

The second cut if Cab Franc from Las Higueras is proving difficult to punch down so we have a tag team on the plank over the Barco (Ship of State) #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Han skulle till Nya Zeeland för att åka skidor, men hamnade i Chile istället. Kanadensaren Derek Mossman Knapp stannade kvar i landet och blev en av grundarna till Garage Wine Company samt MOVI, en sammanslutning av småskaliga producenter.

Prövar Garages druvrena Las Higueras Cabernet Franc Lot 54 årgång 2013. Druvorna kommer från bush vines i regionen Maule. Ingen konstbevattning, manuell skörd, naturlig jäst och ingen temperaturkontroll i tankarna. Vinet lagrades 18 månader på gamla franska fat.

Tankarna går mot Bordeaux eller kanske snarare Bolgheri för här finns en generös och tät solvarm frukt parallellt med struktur och syra som stadgar upp. Inget kladd här inte. Noter av plommon, söt tobak, örter, en gnutta vått trä och ett uns vanilj. Även blyerts och svarta vinbär som får mig förbryllat att i sinnet (och på flaskan) söka efter en andel cabernet sauvignon, som alltså inte existerar i det här glaset. Toppas med silkiga men distinkta tanniner. Finurligt bygge med hög energi och bra balans mellan beståndsdelarna.

Gärna mer sånt här från Chile, håller ett öga både på producenten och movichile framöver!
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#garagewineco #derekmossmanknapp #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #maulevalley #chileanwine #winesofchile #vinosdechile #cabernetfranc #terroir #vinvivant #naturalwine #vinnaturel #wine #redwine #vinparaden #handpickedwine

Han skulle till Nya Zeeland för att åka skidor, men hamnade i Chile istället. Kanadensaren Derek Mossman Knapp stannade kvar i landet och blev en av grundarna till Garage Wine Company samt MOVI, en sammanslutning av småskaliga producenter.

Prövar Garages druvrena Las Higueras Cabernet Franc Lot 54 årgång 2013. Druvorna kommer från bush vines i regionen Maule. Ingen konstbevattning, manuell skörd, naturlig jäst och ingen temperaturkontroll i tankarna. Vinet lagrades 18 månader på gamla franska fat.

Tankarna går mot Bordeaux eller kanske snarare Bolgheri för här finns en generös och tät solvarm frukt parallellt med struktur och syra som stadgar upp. Inget kladd här inte. Noter av plommon, söt tobak, örter, en gnutta vått trä och ett uns vanilj. Även blyerts och svarta vinbär som får mig förbryllat att i sinnet (och på flaskan) söka efter en andel cabernet sauvignon, som alltså inte existerar i det här glaset. Toppas med silkiga men distinkta tanniner. Finurligt bygge med hög energi och bra balans mellan beståndsdelarna.

Gärna mer sånt här från Chile, håller ett öga både på producenten och movichile framöver!
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#garagewineco #derekmossmanknapp #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #maulevalley #chileanwine #winesofchile #vinosdechile #cabernetfranc #terroir #vinvivant #naturalwine #vinnaturel #wine #redwine #vinparaden #handpickedwine
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Cab Franc Las Higueras - pisoneo manual con la nariz bien cerca. #gwco lashigueras #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2021

Cab Franc Las Higueras - pisoneo manual con la nariz bien cerca. #gwco lashigueras #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2021 ...

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Don Hugo bringing in the Franc  Don Hugo gameleando el Franc de #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Don Hugo bringing in the Franc Don Hugo gameleando el Franc de #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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If I said “redefining take-away” would I have to explain? Comida “para llevar” redefinido #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

If I said “redefining take-away” would I have to explain? Comida “para llevar” redefinido #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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On this day of Cab Franc #cabernetfrancday #cabernetfranc a pic of @singleferments Pilar walking old vine Las Higueras Cab Franc with Jorge ‘Jolo’ Cancino #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

On this day of Cab Franc #cabernetfrancday #cabernetfranc a pic of @singleferments Pilar walking old vine Las Higueras Cab Franc with Jorge ‘Jolo’ Cancino #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Poop in the vineyard already! How many times do I have to keep saying it. Some animals never learn. #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #regenerate #insoilwetrust

Poop in the vineyard already! How many times do I have to keep saying it. Some animals never learn. #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #regenerate #insoilwetrust ...

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Cab Franc - trained old bush-head no filter required #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #mauleadicto #maule #gwcofieldcraft

Cab Franc - trained old bush-head no filter required #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #mauleadicto #maule #gwcofieldcraft ...

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Great shot of the family working harvest in @la.cav / buena foto familiar de cosecha en @la.cav #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Great shot of the family working harvest in @la.cav / buena foto familiar de cosecha en @la.cav #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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The one and only Monchito / el único original Monchito #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

The one and only Monchito / el único original Monchito #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Que maravilha!!! 🍇🍇🍇 #vindima a pleno vapor 🍇🍇🍇.#Repost garagewineco
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The fruit is what centres everything but the hands that farm and bring in the fruit are the heroes — and there are never enough of them  #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Que maravilha!!! 🍇🍇🍇 #vindima a pleno vapor 🍇🍇🍇.#Repost garagewineco
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The fruit is what centres everything but the hands that farm and bring in the fruit are the heroes — and there are never enough of them #gwcolashiguerasvineyard
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Flower Power en Las Higueras ! #gwcolashiguerasvineyard francly we have flowering power in Las Higueras Vineyard Cab Franc ! @gwco2021

Flower Power en Las Higueras ! #gwcolashiguerasvineyard francly we have flowering power in Las Higueras Vineyard Cab Franc ! @gwco2021 ...

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Amarrando ! #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Amarrando ! #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Mugroneando el Cab Franc de Las Higueras #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Mugroneando el Cab Franc de Las Higueras #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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On this day of Cab Franc  #cabernetfranc #cabernetfrancday Pilar walks Las Higueras V. Cab Franc in the Maule with Jorge George Jolo Cancino #gwcolashiguerasvineyard @singleferments

On this day of Cab Franc #cabernetfranc #cabernetfrancday Pilar walks Las Higueras V. Cab Franc in the Maule with Jorge George Jolo Cancino #gwcolashiguerasvineyard @singleferments ...

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Y para empezar cuarentena un vertical de CF de Maipo con los vecinos: cuarto piso 2017, tercer piso 2016, segundo piso 2015 y @singleferments en primer piso con 2014 / to begin the new lockdown in Santiago we got the neighbours together for a socially distanced vertical of Cab Franc Maipo: fourth floor Jorge with 2017 Lot 9o, third floor Monica with Lot 8o 2016, second floor Alejandro y Alejandra 2015 Lot 70 and Pilar on the ground with Lot 60 from 2014. Pirque Vineyard lockdown vertical — a corona  vertical 
#gwcocabfranc 
#gwcocabernetfranc
#gwcoharvest
#gwcoharvest2020
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#movichile
#gwcolashiguerasvineyard
#gwcopirquevineyard
#garagewineco

Y para empezar cuarentena un vertical de CF de Maipo con los vecinos: cuarto piso 2017, tercer piso 2016, segundo piso 2015 y @singleferments en primer piso con 2014 / to begin the new lockdown in Santiago we got the neighbours together for a socially distanced vertical of Cab Franc Maipo: fourth floor Jorge with 2017 Lot 9o, third floor Monica with Lot 8o 2016, second floor Alejandro y Alejandra 2015 Lot 70 and Pilar on the ground with Lot 60 from 2014. Pirque Vineyard lockdown vertical — a corona vertical
#gwcocabfranc
#gwcocabernetfranc
#gwcoharvest
#gwcoharvest2020
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#movichile
#gwcolashiguerasvineyard
#gwcopirquevineyard
#garagewineco
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#gwcolashiguerasvineyard

#gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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I am only ever away for a few days at a time but each time back they all wave to me #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

I am only ever away for a few days at a time but each time back they all wave to me #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Tie me up tiene down / Átame #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Tie me up tiene down / Átame #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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New reins on the mechanical horse - ready to go! #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

New reins on the mechanical horse - ready to go! #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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#gwcolashiguerasvineyard sarmentando

#gwcolashiguerasvineyard sarmentando ...

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After years tasting our wines to sell wine, this year for the first time we are doing tastings to sell fruit — a rather special old-vine Cab Franc fruit. Instead of buying a part of Las Higueras we have taken on all of it. Part of the job is to inspect the fruit row on row, and the other part is to taste a vertical of what we have done with the fruit : 2o17 & 2o16 barrel samples and 2o15 & 2o14 in bottle. #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2018

After years tasting our wines to sell wine, this year for the first time we are doing tastings to sell fruit — a rather special old-vine Cab Franc fruit. Instead of buying a part of Las Higueras we have taken on all of it. Part of the job is to inspect the fruit row on row, and the other part is to taste a vertical of what we have done with the fruit : 2o17 & 2o16 barrel samples and 2o15 & 2o14 in bottle. #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 ...

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100+ yr old Cab Franc - the old bush-head block #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2018

100+ yr old Cab Franc - the old bush-head block #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 ...

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Single Ferment Series

When GWCo saw it’s Carignan growers being paid paltry sums for their other fruit: Pais & Cinsault, we began acquiring small bits from

various farmers to experiment. We paid bonafide prices that allowed for the traditional field works of cultivating the soil properly to continue. Commercial bottlings of “Single Ferments” began with serendipity when we simply could not resist not one but three small bits of Cinsault and then promptly ran out of tanks to ferment them in. With no

where to put all three, we simply stacked the second bit of newly harvested fruit on top of the first already fermenting—and then the third. In one elongated single fermentation we made a wine that we loved. So we continued and adopted the same technique with Pais!

Wines in this series :

Vintage - 2015
Pais - The First Salvo Ferment

Cinsault - The Soothsayer's Ferment

Vintage - 2016
Pais - The Second Salvo Ferment
Cinsault - The Vidente Ferment

Vintage - 2017
Pais - The 215 BC Ferment
(215 yrs before Cabernet!)
Cinsault - The Reset Ferment

 


older Vintages

I shall make an effort to assemble old Tech sheets and info about whatever wines might be "in circulation" soonish.

If you have a wine you have held on to and want us to include more details about it specifically-- write to us!

Earlier bottlings were more loose in the logic of their numbering so I shall try to include pictures.


How did we make the wines back then? (Vs Now)
We have always made the wines in open-top fermenters. We have always punched the caps down by hand. Pressing: manual.

Yeasts have not always been native– this began more strictly when we began working in a renovated 1840 cellar where commercial yeasts have never been used.

To our way of thinking, the wines personalities’ have always been well defined on the vine.

The older bottlings were small parcels that fit on our pickup’s trailer and in small stainless tanks of 1900-2200 kgs.

Labels
Why stencils and silk screening? And why wax?

When we began bottling wine in 2001 there was no digital printing and short runs of 500 labels were prohibitively expensive. So we learned to paint / silk-screen bottles. Luis our bottle painter has been with us for more than a decade.

When a capsule company insisted we bought 1o,ooo or nothing we sought another solution. A small school supplies / crayon manufacturer had wax that served to seal and was food grade certified. As he was there for us without a minimum and all the colours we wanted we have never given up on him. Today many buy his wax large medium and small.

Tom Sawyer clause : toward full disclosure we must point out that over the past few years, friends, family and students’ of Alvaro’s from the University of Chile have begun helping with some of the grunt work. In this way the pace, rhythm and treatment of the wines remains the same, and we receive a lot of apples.


the Parcels

Nivaldo Morales is or grower partner with the Sauzal Vineyard

What is a parcel?  When we began looking for fruit in the Maule we wanted to experiment. We began sourcing fruit from different small parcels generally from farmers who worked with a horse and plough. We made each wine separately to see how the soils and climates expressed themselves differently. They did-- very differently, so we decided not to blend them and instead built our portfolio [and company] upon these parcels : Las Higueras, Bagual, Sauzal, Truquilemu, Portezuelo... Today we make wines from 11 different parcels some as small as 18oo +/- bottles and others as large as 75oo +/- per vintage. They range from about  .6 Hectare to 1.9 hectares.

 

What is a Lot? A lot is genuine Lot ie the bottling of the vintage of one particular parcel. Ej. Sauzal Vineyard, 2016 was Lot 75. We began bottling wine in 2001 and we have numbered each bottling since then with a lot number: Lot 1, Lot 2, Lot 3 and so on. Seventeen years later one of our latest releases is Sauzal Lot 75 -- that is to say the 75th bottling we have done since we began in 2001. To make things simpler each parcel always ends in the same digit every year. Ej.  Sauzal always ends in a 5.

See below :

Pirque Vineyard
Valle Maipo
Cabernet Franc
2016Lot 80          (previous vintages : 2015Lot 70,  2014Lot 60,  2013Lot 50 . . . )

San Juan de Pirque Vineyard
Maipo Valley
Cabernet Sauvignan
2016Lot 81 .         (previous vintages : 2015Lot 71,  2014Lot 61,  2013Lot 51 . . . )

Las Higueras Vineyard
Valle Maule
Cabernet Franc
2016Lot 82 .           (previous vintages : 2015Lot 72,  2014Lot 62,  2013Lot 52 . . . )

Old Vine Pale
Truquilemu Vineyard
Empedrado - Maule Valley
Cariñena Mataró Field-blend
2018 - Lot 83            (previous vintages : 2017Lot 73, 2016Lot 63,  2015 - Lot 53 . . . )

Renacido Vineyard
Maule Valley
Cabernet Sauvignan
2016Lot 74          (previous vintages : 2015Lot 64)

Sauzal Vineyard
Carignan, Garnacha, Mataró Field Blend
Empedrado -  Maule Valley
2016 - Lot 75            (previous vintages : 2015Lot 65,  2014Lot 55,  2013 - Lot 45 . . . )

Bagual Vineyard
Caliboro, Maule Valley
Carignan, Garnacha Mataro
2016Lot 76          (previous vintages : 2015 - Lot 66,  2014Lot 56,  2013Lot 46 . . . )

Truquilemu Vineyard
D.O. Maule Valley
Carignan Field-blend
2016Lot 77             (previous vintages : 2015Lot 67,  2014Lot 57,  2013Lot 47 . . . )

Portezuelo Vineyard
D.O. Maule Valley
Carignan, Field-blend
2015Lot 68 .         (previous vintages : 2014 Lot 58,  2013Lot 48 . . . )

Bagual Vineyard
Caliboro, Maule Valley
Garnacha Field-blend
2016Lot 79          (previous vintages : 2015Lot 69,  2014Lot 59,  2013Lot 49 . . . )

Vigno
Dry-farmed Old Vines
D.O. Maule Valley 2016        (previous vintages : 2016,  2015,  2014,  2013,  2012,  2011,  2010 . . . )

 

Why are the Parcel wines done with stencils / silk screening? (And why wax?)
When we began bottling wine in 2001 there was no digital printing and short runs of 500 labels were prohibitively expensive. So we learned to paint / silk-screen bottles. Luis our bottle painter has been with us for more than a decade.

When a capsule company insisted we buy "1o,ooo or nothing" we sought another solution. A small school supplies / crayon manufacturer had wax that served to seal and was food grade certified. As he had no minimum barrier to entry, and all the colours we might want!, we have never given up on him. Today many wineries buy his wax large, medium and small.

Why is the varietal on the third line down?
Each wine’s varieties are printed on the label, but further down because what is important for us is not the variety but the origin, that is to say, the place and parcel from where it comes.