Casa Silva continues to astound with the quality as well as the variety of the wines it produces. It was recently named Wine and Spirits Winery of the Year - testimony to the Silva family’s dedication to quality and winemaker Mario Geise’s unabashed ability to push the envelope. Casa Silva is one of just a handfull of South America’s finest wine estates.
Located some two hundred kilometers south of Santiago, in the heart of Colchagua, an area many are now calling Chile’s Napa Valley, Casa Silva has garnered more recognition and awards at international wine competitions than any other Chilean winery. Furthermore, Catad’Or Hyatt, Chile’s most prestigious wine competition, has named Casa Silva “the Best Chilean Producer” three consecutive times. And that’s not all, the International Wine & Spirit Competition recently named Casa Silva as “The best South American Producer.” Kudos to the Silva family, father Mario and sons Mario Pablo, Gonzalo, and Francisco. Along with Mario Geise, the winery’s outstanding consulting enologist, the Silva family has taken this beautiful property, which sits at the base of the towering Andes, to lofty heights in little more than a dozen years.
Surprisingly, Casa Silva’s present inception dates back to only 1997, the year this estate began bottling premium wines under its own name. However, historical accounts tell us that the Silva family’s predecessors were pioneers in Colchagua more than a century earlier, when the Silvas brought the first grape varieties from France to their Angostura vineyards, which still occupy the lower slopes of the Cordillera of the Andes that soar above the property. Today, the Silvas remain pioneers: they are Colchagua’s foremost experts on Carmenère, Chile’s emblematic red grape variety. In addition, they produce some of South America’s most compelling Merlot, Sauvignon Gris, and Viognier. Casa Silva is also in the vanguard of South America’s success with other traditional Bordeaux grape varieties, most notably Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon. With such accomplishments to their credit, can there be any doubt as to why the wines of Casa Silva are the most highly acclaimed in South America?