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Garage Wine Co.

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Garage Wine Co.
Made by hand, in small lots in Chile.

Garage Wine Co. began making wine on a small scale, a personal scale, by hand with the family. It was (and still is) physical work, a therapeutic complement to the hustle and bustle of a new millenium. Few in Chile, back then, knew what a “garagiste” was, nor were they familiar with the gringo tradition of celebrated companies having began “in the garage”. Viñas in Chile were large affairs, named after saints and owned by clubby families with long Basque names (full of rr’s) who presided over a rather closed circle. We patented the name Garage Wine Company and went to work, quietly but surely, steadfast and content to make wine barrel by barrel then lot by lot. That is where the number on each wine comes from. Today most lots are about a dozen barrels blended.

Today are wines are grown in two places. Most are grown by small farmers in the Maule, farmed by hand and horse with traditional methods of dry-farming 70+ year old vines of mostly Carignan Grenache. We historically produce mountain-grown Cabernet Franc and a Cabernet Sauvignon blend in the Miapo. (High in the Maipo at almost 1ooo metres in San Juan de Pirque)

All wines are fermented naturally in open-top fermenters with a little help from hot water bottles through some cold harvest nights . Caps are punched down by hand and pressing is strictly manual. The wines are barrelled in neutral oak over two winters and then bottled in previously imbibed / used bottles - cleaned and certified.

Last edited on 8/15/2012 by garagewineco

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