Giving Some “Sacrificio” for Great Wine


How far will you go for good wine?

Will you travel halfway around the world?

Will you “dig up your own sacrificed wine” from a mountain?

I don’t know about you, but while I am willing to travel great distances for splendid wine, I’m not the type to dig in the dirt for it.


My Sacrificio

It was a brilliant idea to launch a wine label though. Aptly named “Sacrificio” (sacrifice), the wine maker and creator of this wine, Ian Hutcheon, was inspired by animal and human sacrifices that were done by ancient civilisations on mountaintops. These beautiful bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, and Shiraz were wrapped in cloak, nailed to a wooden coffin, and buried at the summit of Monte Tuca in Chile.

The wine was officially launched in September 2012, but with a bit of sacrifice: Customers who wanted to purchase these babies had to buy their individual maps and climb the mountain, locate the bottles with their maps, and dig it up.

Thankfully, I was given a bottle (sans the digging and the hiking, I am a city girl at heart!) during my visit in San Vicente Tagua Tagua… My only sacrifice was to trek around their property (through rivers!) on a horse (too much fun to even count as a sacrifice, really).

They also have a wine that’s nothing short of interplanetary: The Meteorito (meteorite). This rich and surprisingly mineral (maybe the inclusion of the space rock was a factor, hmmmm…) Cabernet Sauvignon is aged with a 4.5 billion year old meteorite from the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars.

So… What great lengths will you go to delight yourself with otherworldly wine? Cheers!

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