East Meets West Fine Wines and Emiliana Organic Vineyards
signed an exclusive Import and Distribution Agreement for Mainland of China
Shanghai, 15 December 2022 – East Meets West Fine Wines (Shanghai) Limited (EMW) and Emiliana, an organic winery in Chile, signed an exclusive import and distribution agreement with its Novas, Coyam and Gê for Mainland of China.
A visionary journey since 1998
At the end of the 1990s, the brothers Rafael and José Guilisasti perceived that the market was about to change: consumers started to consciously choose the products not only for their health but also by considering environmental and social responsibility. On the other hand, traditional viticulture was producing negative effects on workers’ health, because of which a new method was urgently needed. Together with the visionary winemaker Álvaro Espinoza, they began converting a conventional Chilean winery into a 100% organic and biodynamic estate, with the firm objective of creating wines of high quality while respecting the environment and its people.
Nowadays, Emiliana Organic Vineyards, covering nearly 1,300 hectares of land in such famous wine regions as Colchagua, Maipo, and Casablanca Valley, is the largest organic and biodynamic wine producer in the world. It has authorized organic certificates in many countries like Chile, the USA, the UK, Japan and China. In 2018, Emiliana entered the list of “Top 50 Most Admired Wine Brands” according to Drinks International. In 2021, Emiliana has sold one million 9-liter organic cases to more than 50 countries and regions around the world.
Rafael Guilisasti and José Guilisasti
Recognition by the world
In 2003, Emiliana launched its first organic wine: Coyam, an elegant and complex red blend from the Los Robles Estate in the Colchagua Valley. Coyam 2001 (its first vintage) received the Best in Show and Best Blend in the 1st Annual Wines of Chile Awards. Its last-two released vintages have been scored 94 points by the recognized wine critic James Suckling.
In 2005, the Novas Gran Reserva line, a faithful representation of Chile’s prestigious wine valleys, was created. They were recently awarded over 91 points on most of its varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier from Casablanca Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo, and Riesling from Bío Bío.
Later, Emiliana launched its first biodynamic wine Gê, the icon wine from the Los Robles estate. In 2006, its 2003 vintage was the first wine in Chile and Latin America that obtained biodynamic certification from Demeter Germany. In 2021, Gê is awarded No.1 of James Suckling’s Top 100 Wines of Chile. The influential wine critic gave a high score of 98 points to Gê 2017 and 2018 vintages.
"A complex nose of blackberry, plum, mocha, cigar box, graphite and spice. It’s full-bodied with fine tannins. Creamy-textured and structured with a juicy core. Pure with a velvety texture on the palate, which is layered and balanced and leads to a flavorful finish that lasts over and over. Spicy on the finish with cloves and black pepper. Grilled meat, too." --- James Suckling
Olivier Six, CEO, EMW Fine Wines
“I am thrilled that EMW Fine Wines has established a cooperation with such a visionary winery. Emiliana is doing a fantastic job in organic and biodynamic viticulture. It is one of the most exciting pieces of news of the end of the year I would like to share with EMW friends and partners at the particular time when our 20th anniversary is around the corner. Emiliana Organic Vineyards and EMW believe that choosing organic wine is beyond a healthy lifestyle. It is more about sustainability and the environment. We wish to continue bringing great wines to Chinese consumers in the following decade and more.”
Cristian Rodriguez, CEO, Emiliana Organic Vineyards
“We are very proud to start our journey with EMW, one of the leading importers and distributors in China, a great builder of premium brands, and a company with a tremendous team of people and experience. For us, China will be a priority market to work in the coming years, as we believe that consumers will value organic products made with respect for nature and extreme care for quality more and more. Our goal is for every Chinese consumer to know our products and for us to position Emiliana as an important organic winery in China’s market through our premium wines. We will do our best to build a great alliance with EMW.”
Emiliana Novas Cabernet Sauvignon
Emiliana Novas Pinot Noir
Emiliana Novas Chardonnay
Emiliana Novas Riesling
Emiliana Novas Sauvignon Blanc
Emiliana Novas Viognier
EMW Fine Wines
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