South American wine workshops press release


Press Release

20th November 2012

Santa Rita Estates South American wine education workshops 2013

Santa Rita Estates today unveiled plans for their forthcoming South American Wine Workshops to be held in London in January 2013 as part of their three year South American wine educational programme plan. The event, targeted at press, independent merchants, wine educators along with buyers and the on-trade aims to educate the trade in the quality and diversity South American wines have to offer.

The all-day event, held at the new venue 30 Euston Square, London NW1, will run in a modular format which is to be repeated over two days: Tuesday January 15th and Wednesday January 16th. Guided by chairmen Peter Richards MW and Tim Atkin MW, confirmed speakers & commentators for the sessions include internationally renowned oenologist Brian Croser, esteemed Chilean author and journalist Patricio Tapia along with Santa Rita winemakers Andrés Ilabaca and Cecilia Torres, Carmen winemaker Sebastián Labbé and Doña Paula winemaker Edgardo del Pópolo.

The two main workshops of the day will explore innovation within the coastal climate wines of Chile and an in-depth study of the effects of terroir in the Uco Valley in Argentina, focussing on Gualtallary. Additional ‘condensed sessions’ will cover sustainability and the ageing potential of South American wines. In order to focus on the educational element, the line-up of wines in each of the sessions will include wines not only from the Santa Rita Estates portfolio but also other brand examples showing regional characteristics and varietal typicity.

UK & Ireland Commercial Director Terry Pennington comments ‘now more than ever before is there a need to educate the trade in the innovation, range of styles and exceptional attributes that Chilean and Argentinian wines have to offer. September 2012 saw over thirty-five new wine regions and areas within Chile receive official Denomination of Origin designation in recognition of the exceptional quality and individuality of wines being produced in very specific regions. The new wine laws also stated that wine labels with a D.O. can  refer to the newly recognised areas of ‘Andes’, ‘Cordillera’ and ‘Costa’ but what does this actually mean to the trade and ultimately the end consumer? Our workshops in January are important to anyone involved in writing about, buying, selling or educating the trade or consumer on Chilean and Argentinian wines. We are delighted to have on board for the event respected Chilean author and journalist Patricio Tapia whose knowledge on innovation within the Chilean and Argentinian wine industry is outstanding, along with consultant wine-maker for Santa Rita Estates, Brian Croser, who will be returning for his second South American wine workshop.’


For further information and to register your interest in the  please contact:

Caroline Park – Santa Rita Estates

Tel. + 44 7793 367501 /



Notes to Editors


About Patricio Tapia

After graduating with a degree in journalism from the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Patricio Tapia attended Bordeaux University in France, where he studied for a diploma in wine tasting and winemaking. Since then, he has visited wine regions around the world and authored several books, including his annual Descorchados, a Chilean wine guide; The Wines of Colchagua Valley; TodoVino; and Wines for Great Occasions. Tapia is the South American correspondent for The Oxford Companion to Wine, The World Atlas of Wine and Oz Clarke’s Pocket Wine Book. For the past three years, he’s been a host on the El Gourmet channel in South America. Tapia is also the critic for the wines of Argentina, Chile and Spain, and regularly contributes articles on these regions at Wine & Spirits Magazine.


About Brian Croser

Croser has a world-class reputation as a trailblazer on the global wine stage. Educated at the University of Adelaide and at the University of California at Davis, Brian has been an innovator in the Australian fine wine industry for over 35 years and is frequently referred to as “terroirist” for his core philosophy of meticulously matching grape varieties to specific vineyard sites. Accolades to date include Officer of the Order of Australia, President of the Winemakers Federation of Australia, Chairman of Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra wine shows, Maurice O’Shea award, an Honorary Doctorate from Charles Stuart University, Doctor of the University of Adelaide and Decanter magazine Man of the Year in 2004.




Santa Rita Estates (SRE), also known as the Claro Wine Group, comprises four wine brands from Chile: Santa Rita, Carmen, Nativa, Terra Andina and Doña Paula from Argentina. The Claro Wine Group is a fully owned subsidiary of the Claro Group operating out of Santiago, Chile.

  • SRE are South Americas second largest premium wine exporter in terms of sales by value *
  • SRE currently own over 3,700  hectares of vines in Chile and more than 700 hectares in Argentina
  • SRE wines are distributed by:

–          Santa Rita Europe Ltd (GB & ROI),

–          Berkmann Wine Cellars (GB)- Santa Rita Gran Hacienda on-trade & independent off-trade, Terra Andina;

–          HallgartenDruitt (GB) – Carmen & Doña Paula on-trade & independent off-trade,

–          Liberty Wines – Nativa (GB)

–          Drinks Inc. (Northern Ireland) – Terra Andina

–          Gleeson inc. Gilbeys (ROI) – Santa Rita


*(measured by wine sales greater than $30/case)

The team of winemakers and viticulturalists working for Santa Rita Estates are dedicated to producing the best quality wines Chile and Argentina can offer from a diverse range of terroirs.  Each of the brands has their own unique identity and wine style. Sustainability is top of the agenda in every part of the wine making process, from the vineyards to the final distribution and Santa Rita Estates have a fully integrated environmental and commercial sustainability programme in place.