Editor’s Note: Just prior to the printing of this newsletter, Wine and Spirits named Casa Silva as Chile’s Winery of the Year. This is yet another well-deserved accolade for this prestigious winery and further testimony to the Silva family’s dedication to quality and winemaker Mario Geise’s unabashed ability to push the envelope. Congratulations!
Casa Silva continues to astound with the quality as well as the variety of the wines it produces. Indeed, this is a clean, modern, well run winery that is not afraid to ratchet up the quality with each successive vintage. Undoubtedly, Casa Silva is one of just a handfull of South America’s very 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, they have taken this beautiful property that sits at the base of the 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 property 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 ago, when the Silvas brought the first grape varieties from France to their Angostura estate, which still occupies the lower slopes of the Cordillera of the Andes that tower above the estate. Today, the Silvas remain pioneers: they are Colchagua’s foremost experts on Carmenère, Chile’s emblematic red grape variety, and they produce the finest Sauvignon Gris and Viognier in South America. Moreover, this great property is at the vanguard of South America’s success with other traditional Bordeaux grape varieties, most notably Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon. Can there be any doubt as to why the wines of Casa Silva are the most highly acclaimed in South America?