Eric Newill, Executive Editor
Eric Newill, Executive Editor
Jun 2020

Quaffing rosé on a sun-dappled terrace is one of summer’s signature pleasures, and this year an acclaimed Chilean vineyard is entering the rosé race with its release of a distinctly refined version. Viña Vik Winery’s La Piu Belle rosé is the latest in the winery’s esteemed collection of reds, which include La Piu Belle, Milla Cala and the premier Vik, a Bordeaux-style blend that received 99 points from critic James Suckling.

Though Vik has properties in Chile, Uruguay and Italy, they chose Chile’s Millahue Valley, in the foothills of the Andes, as the terroir for the new wine, which was released internationally this month after an initial tasting last year. “The breeze that comes in from the ocean refreshes our grapes and provides a beautiful acidity,” says Cristián Vallejo, chief winemaker for Viña Vik.

Comprised of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and syrah, the rosé offers notes of summer stone fruit, apricots and passion fruit with accents of lavender and violet and a bit of citrus at the finish. Vallejo considers the wine both complex and drinkable, pairing well with seasonal fare such as oysters and fish with lemon.

As with the original La Piu Belle from 2017, the label of La Piu Belle rosé features a striking artwork, this one by Uruguayan painter Javier de Aubeyzon.

Viña Vik Winery’s La Piu Belle rosé bottle / Courtesy image

An emphasis on art as well as winemaking is a hallmark of the brand, which has six bespoke properties. “Our philosophy centers around treating guests as our friends,” says Carrie Vik, who with her husband, Alex, transformed Estancia Vik, their home in José Ignacio, Uruguay, into a hotel in 2009. Situated on 4,000 acres (including a private polo field), the bold structure by architect Marcelo Daglio is filled with contemporary art and design, providing a template for Vik Retreats’ subsequent projects.

Two hours south of Santiago, Vik Chile immerses guests in the world of winemaking. The hilltop retreat — also designed by Daglio, with an undulating roof of golden titanium — offers sweeping vistas of the 11,000-acre vineyard, where guests can hike or cycle. The spa specializes in wine-based treatments, while the restaurant features locally sourced fare ideal for pairing with Vik’s various blends.

“Our passion for architecture, art and design is manifested in these retreats,” Vik says. “Our guests are attracted by the idea that they’ll experience something they’ve never seen before — people don’t live this way in their own homes.” Indeed, each of Vik Chile’s 22 rooms is devoted to the work of a different contemporary artist. “It’s a kind of intellectual exercise where you push your thought into different spectrums.”

Vik says the brand’s new wine is causing a buzz among Chilean oenophiles. “I’ve never been a big fan of rosé,” she says, “but this is as well-developed as any of our reds — complex but also easy to drink, a wonderful summer’s day wine.”

As establishments around the world begin to reopen, Vik believes the luxury traveler will be more interested in truly unique tastes, experiences and properties. “That trend was already building, but it’s going to become more prevalent. People aren’t interested in settling for the norm.”

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