Movement of Independent Wineries
MoVI – The Movimiento de Viñateros Independientes – started back in the summer of 2009 when a group of 12 winemakers joined forces to show the world a new perspective on Chilean wine; wines made on a human scale, by hand, unique, far from the industrialization for which Chile was known at the time.
There are now 34 members, but the aims and aspirations remain the same. MoVI is not a regulatory body governed by a strict charter, think of it more as a winemakers’ guild where likeminded producers promote each other’s wines with as much passion as they do their own. The ‘initiation’ of new members involves everyone heading down to the candidate’s winery for a tasting, but it’s more of a family gathering than an audition and the criteria for membership is broad. Dry farming, organics, biodynamics, old vines and horse-drawn ploughing feature in varying degrees across the range, but all the wines are underpinned by a level of individuality that contrasts starkly with the ‘factory-made’ wines from the country’s big names. Their combined production accounts for little more than 0.1% of national production, but we’re willing to bet that these wines change your mind about Chilean wine forever.
We’re honoured that these guys have entrusted Propeller with bringing these wines to the UK for the first time, and our hope is that the roster of participating producers will grow as consumers come to realise and appreciate the real Chile.