Claudio Gon?alves graduated as an agriculture engineer with a specialty in winemaking from Pontificia Universidad Cat?lica in Chile. Since then, he has had a wealth of experience working in the vineyards of Chile, Spain and New Zealand. His experience overseas has been important in contributing to the myriad of different styles of wine in Chile and accounts for Goncalves' embracing of new technology while still adhering to the traditions which continue to make Chile one of the most exciting wine areas in the world.
Given his knowledge, background, experience and education, Mr. Gon?alves became winemaker in charge of Bodegas y Vi?edos de Aguirre winery in 2007, producer of our Kunza selection. His style of winemaking starts in the vineyard, producing balanced grapes with yields carefully controlled. He takes a creative approach to winemaking in order to express the extraordinary grape quality and soil of Villa Alegre. This combination translates into best value wines of Chile.
All his wines have attained international status and have helped grow Villa Alegre's reputation. To that end, they are distributed in over 20 countries around the world and recognized as one of the finest small producers in the country.
Our selection may be a bit foreign sounding to us, but it is a staple in Chile. You've probably never heard of Carmenere. But you have heard of the grape that it is often confused with, Merlot. Carmenere is an ancient grape grown in Bordeaux and was thought to be Merlot as recently as 1991. It was then discovered that it was close but not technically the same grape.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the workhorse red of Chile. Some of the most renowned wineries in the world have come here to plant it. Names like Rothschild, Estansia and Mondavi dot the landscape here, investing millions of dollars and euros on this perfect landscape in the hopes of adding to Chile's already expanding market around the world. But, it is the Carmenere that is turning heads these days.
Our selection has an intense red-violet color and ripe red fruit aromas. It is soft and round with sweet tannins and would be a great companion for red meats and soft cheeses especially a ripe, aged brie.