Last week we were invited for a wine tasting and accompany with six superior course luncheon at Tai Zi Heen, Prince Hotel & Residence. It was a particular winery invitation directly from Chile and the wine maker was CARMEN.
Vina Carmen was founded in 1850 by Christian Lanz, who named the winery ini honor to his beloved wife Carmen. More than a century later, in 1987, the Claro Group acquired the brand to take it into new direction.
In 1992 a new winery was built and new vineyards were planted to produce the best quality wines from CHile, and export them worldwide. Carmen has been recognised for its quality and for being a pioneer in the Chilean wine industry. As an example, the Carmenere grape was discovered amongst Carmen vineyards. Additionally the winery has been the leader producer of wines from organically grown grapes through its Navita brand.
Today, Vina Carmen is one of the most important Chilean wineries in the premium wine segment. It exports to more than 50 countries, which represents 94% of the total production. Carmen Winery and the main vineyards are located in Maipo Valley, 35kms south of Santiago the Chilean capital. The rest of the vineyards are in the main vine growing areas: Rapel, Casablanca and Curico Valley. The plantations are ideally place to find the bestcombination of climate, soil and terrior to suit each valley.
Besides the traditional grapevines stocks such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvigon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot, Carmen also produces Petite Surah, Syrah, Carmenere, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Semillon and gewurztraminer.
The cellare has a total capicty of 14 million litres, including 6000 oak barrels, both American and French.
At Tai Zi heen, I can expect only the best of fine Cantonese cuisine, an elaborate menu list signature dishes by award winning Chef Ricky Thien as well as a fine selection of home made Dim Sum from his very own skillful, talented and award winning Dim Sum culinary team.