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Jaime is an agricultural engineer and viticulturist who trained at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica of Chile. He has a Masters in viticulture and extensive experience in viticulture as a farm manager on a family project in Santa Cruz, constituting the fourth generation of his family working in agriculture. He grows grape varieties such as Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, and Malbec, as well as more traditional varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, and Syrah. On a smaller scale, he also grows blueberries, pistachios, and pomegranates.
When Vegan Wines first visited this small winery, they had just finished the harvest and started the winemaking process, so we were fortunate enough to participate. At OWM, they press the grapes by hand to extract the juice from the grapes, and when Eric went to help, he realized it's not as easy as it looks! https://www.instagram.com/p/B_-7Rt1nG4l/ Then we went to do some wine tasting, which was an experience all its own. Jamie was aging some of the wines in old and new oak barrels to experiment with which would bring out the best in each wine. This is one of the many things we admire about independent winemakers. They take chances to try to achieve the best results with patience and love for what they do, even if it requires using hands instead of machines.
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We loved the rustic, small wine tasting room and immediately we fell in love with OWM wines. OWM is a member of MOVI, the Independent Viñateros Movement, which is a group of small wine producers who make high-quality, private wines that represent the dreams of each of its members. According to MOVI, its members have a modern perspective on Chilean wines, contributing to a counterculture which contrasts with the outdated notion that Chilean wine lacks personality.
Try the 2016 OWM Pillo de Panama Cabernet Sauvignon Blend for yourself!
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