- Maipo, Chile
"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.