If you have read my main report on Chile for Issue 204 on www.erobertparker.com, you will have doubtlessly gleaned my view of the country’s domination of large estates, each farming hundreds of hectares, which tends to give rise to conservative, safe wines that can rmovi vignoepresent good value but rarely stimulate the intel¬lect. They are wines that willingly conform and dare not challenge the casual imbiber who covets predict-ability rather than individuality. I will repeat that there is nothing morally wrong with this approach. There are millions of consumers who are perfectly content with exactly that type of wine. However, this omnipresence of large es¬tates has provoked the formation of counter movements such as “MOVI” and “VIGNO.” Their mere existence proves there is an imbalance to be addressed, and it seemed logical to separate these from the main Chile report in an important publication such as The Wine Advocate in order to give them exposure. This report is their stage.
As I shall explain later, the title “Flowers in the Pavement” is not a meta¬phor for quality but alludes to the challenge smaller growers face in finding fissures in a crowded market, in terms of securing financial backing and changes in public perception, in order to grow and blossom over the long term. I am aware that I have probably barely scratched the surface of Chile despite the size of this report and that next time, when I plan to seek out more wineries in Maule, I will expect to unearth many more.
MOVI (Movimiento de Viñateros Independientes) was formed in June 2009. It is a movement, a legally formed guild of small independent wineries that embraces vintners working on a “human scale.” To quote MOVI themselves on their website (www.movi.cl), their rai¬son d’être is to “… provide breadth, a complementary counter-culture to contrast the mainstream industry of branded pyramids of oh so many value-driven wines and the agro-industrial concentration that goes with them.” I could not put it better myself. It was founded by 12 members in 2008, which has subsequently expanded to 20 members, namely: Bravado Wines, Bus¬tamante, Clos Andino,
Flaherty Wine, Garage Wine Co, Gillmore, I-Wines, Meli, Polkura, Reserva de Caliboro, Rukumilla, Lafken, Lagar de Bezana, Peumayen, Starry Night, Trabun, Tremonte, Villard and Von Siebenthal.
The man behind MOVI is Derek Mossman, and when he offered to arrange a private tasting in London of its mem¬bers’ wines, I leapt at the chance. Chile needs MOVI to counterbal¬ance the immutable dominance of the “Goliaths” that define the perception of Chilean wine, that rule the roost, so to speak. At the same time I had no intention of promulgating every MOVI wine by dint of their membership to what one might judge to be a more romantic, spiritual take on winemaking. Diminutive size or artisan viticulture does not confer superiority vis-à-vis those churned out at higher volumes, not in Chile nor anyone else. Whereas a large-scale winery can iron-out or blend away quirks and faults, hire expertise from around the world or, indeed, from artisan home-grown winemakers, smaller wineries are more exposed to the caprice of the growing season and human errors. It is implicit that there will be more variation from wine to wine, yet that is precisely what a sector of oenophiles seeks out – if it gives a wine personality and soul.

—Neal Martin

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