Wine maker Javier Villarroel, hosted the Maycas Limari Wine Summit in conjunction with the Aruba Trading company, at the Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa. Invited to the summit, regional purveyors from Curacao, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela and Colombia here to meet the wine-maker and his support crew, the brand manager and the export manager.
The summit’s busy program included an extensive wine tasting of the wines which achieved high ratings from Wine Spectator Magazine, Wine & Spirits Magazine and Decanter Magazine, also those scored by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and recipients of the annual Wines of Chile Awards.
Summit participants enjoyed the culinary fireworks of the Radisson’s food & beverage team, including dinner at Laguna restaurant and dinner on the Miramar lawn, served in the tropical garden, under the stars.
About the brand: In recent years Concha y Toro, Chile’s largest wine company by far, has been making good wines in large volumes, and perhaps its most interesting venture is the Maycas del Limari wines, from a cool climate region in the far north of the country, that is emerging as a promising place to grow vines.
Located 250 miles north of Santiago, in the rapidly unfolding Limari Valley, Concha y Toro has initiated an exciting new brand, Maycas del Limarí. Maycas, means “croplands” in the indigenous Quechua language. This land was the foundation of the Inca Empire, the most powerful civilization in South America, and Limarí takes its name from the Franciscan monk who first planted grapes there in 1548.
The Limarí valley benefits from a strong coastal influence, which means more of the ocean breeze makes its way up into the valley, and the wines produced there reflect the luminosity of the zone, and the minerality of the rich marine soils.
Maycas del Limarí wines draw their inspiration from the Inca solar calendar, prominently displayed on each label.
Pictured here summit-goers combine product knowledge with pleasure at the Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa.