Garage Wine

"The Garage Wine Co. literally began in Derek Mossman’s garage with just eight barrels and is his project together with his wife Pilar Miranda and a friend, Alvaro Pena. Mossman, a native Canadian, is one of the founding members of MOVI, the association of independent winegrowers. They source Cabernet from Maipo and Carignan from Maule. The wines are vinified in 1,500 to 2,000-liter vats using native yeasts and are said to be bottled in recycled bottles. One of the most impressive new names in Chile. I found the wines intellectually enriching and want to understand them better.”.  —Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate #213

Derek Mossman and his wife Pilar Miranda are producing 1,500 cases of Carignan, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir per year with fruit sourced from small growers in Maule and Maipo. Winemaking here veers towards the "natural" spectrum - All wines are fermented with native yeast, see no additions of any kind, very little new wood, and are low in sulfites. Punch downs are by hand, and pressing is done in a small traditional basket. You may notice slight variation in bottle thickness and shape if you were to open up cases, as Derek Mossman takes recycling to the next level and actually reuses, bottling in salvaged used wine bottles in partnership with a recycling company located near the winery. Derek is also the founder of M.O.V.I. (Movimiento de Vinateros Independientes), Chile's exciting, fast-growing association of independent vintners.

 

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB0753-15
Organic
Cabernet Franc "Las Higueras"
2015
Cabernet Franc
Las Higueras sits in the Caliboro zone of the Maule; this is a relatively cold site for Cabernet Franc in comparison to what you normally... Read More
Chile Maipo

DB1810-14
Organic
Vigno
2014
Carignan
Vigno is an “appellation” that MOVI members created several years ago to classify traditionally-made, naturally-farmed Carignan-based field... Read More
Chile Maule

DB5078-17
Organic
País
2017
País (Mission)
Sourced from the Secano Interior DO in Maule Valley, the fruit was fermented naturally; caps were punched down by hand and pressing was... Read More
Chile Maule
DB2019-13
Sustainable/Culture Raisonee
Carignan Garnacha Mataro #45
2013
Carignan
This blend of Carignan, Garnacha and Mataro (aka Monastrell) was grown by ploughmen farmers in the cooler parts of the Maule called Sauzal... Read More
Chile Maule

DB0750-15
Sustainable
Cabernet Sauvignon #71
2015
Cabernet Sauvignon
Grown at 3,200 feet of altitude, this is a rare example of Chilean “mountain” Cabernet Sauvignon. San Juan de Pirque is a single-vineyard... Read More
Chile Maipo