Wines of Chile’s spectacular annual “Magical Mystery Tour” program consists of an unforgettable trip to a unique paradisiacal destination in Chile for wine critics, journalists, educators, and opinion leaders.
This year’s event brought celebrated members of China’s wine world to visit Easter Island along with winemakers and producers from a select group of Chilean wineries to participate in an entertaining program including formal guided tastings led by each winery.
In the days before the Magical Mystery Tour began, Viña Viu Manent received a visit from the prestigious delegation prior to its departure for Easter Island.
Viu Manent’s CEO, Producer & Owner José Miguel Viu, Export Director for Asia Federico Crempien, and Winemaker Nicolás Pérez received the guests and hosted the event. The visit began in the Visitors’ Center for an in-depth introduction to the history of the winery and continued with the traditional horse-drawn carriage tour of the century-old Malbec vineyards that produce the grapes for the icon VIU 1 on the way to the wine cellar.
Viu Manent winemaker Nicolás Pérez then guided the group in a tasting of six Premium wines including the outstanding icon Carmenere, the 2013 El Incidente.
Following the tasting, the group visited the Rayuela Restaurant’ to relax at the Oyster Bar with a glass of Secreto Sauvignon Blanc before ending the evening with a wine pairing dinner at chef Pilar Rodríguez’s Food & Wine Studio.
1. Fongyee Walker, Master of Wine.
Co – founder of Dragon Phoneix, Specialists in wine education and professional tasting since 1999. Awarded the Master of Wine qualification by WSET in 2016, Wines of Chile Awards judger, consultant to Air New Zealand and WSET Certified Wine Educator.
2. Lu Yang, Master Sommelier
Corporate Wine Director of Shangri-la Hotel. WEST Diploma and Master Sommelier since 2017. WSET Certified Wine Educator, New Zealand Certified Wine Educator and German Wine Institute Certified Educator.
3. Jun Wei
Co – founder of Tasting Annex, which main focus is wine education. Tasting Annex has 11 wine teachers in total. They graduate in one year 400 WSET Level 1, 1.400 WSET Level 2 and 300 WSET Level 3.
WEST Diploma and WSET Certified Wine Educator.
4. Liyan Tang
ASC Senior Training Manager, Master of wine candidate. ASC is first authorized wine school, to give WSET Diploma classes in China.
WEST Diploma and WSET Certified Wine Educator. CIVB and BIVB Certified Educator, New Zealand Wine Certified Educator and A+ Wine Certified Educator.
5. Ian Dai
Ian works as a consultant for e-commerce. He is a master of wine candidate. WEST Diploma, WSET Certified Wine Educator and A+ Wine Certified Educator.
6. Julien Boulard
Co – founder of Julien Wine School, which graduate around 500-600 people every year (include WSET and other classes). Master of Wine candidate. WEST Diploma, WSET Certified Wine Educator and CIVB Certified Educator.
7. Sun Ying
Wine Educator – Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting Co., Ltd (Chongqing based). WEST Diploma, New Zealand Wine Certified Educator and German Wine Institute Certified Educator.
8. Corinne Mui
COO of AWSEC. WEST Diploma, WSET Certified Wine Educator, WOC Academy Certified Educator, German Wine Institute Certified Educator and A+ Wine Certified Educator.
9. Jennie Mack
Managing Director of AWSEC, Senior Wine Educator. WSET Certified Wine Educator, WOC Academy Certified Educator, New Zealand Wine Certified Educator and A+ Wine Certified Educator.
10. James Teng
Sommelier of Hakkasan, worked at the original Hakkasan in London. With the new venture of Hakkasan to China, James relocates to Shanghai to become Head Sommelier at Hakkasan Shanghai.