Trends in the Philippine drinking scene come in waves. First, it was whisky, and now gin is the ‘in’ spirit of the moment. One thing that has been constant throughout is Filipinos’ love of wine.

Don Melchor, Chile’s quintessential Cabernet Sauvignon, recently brought of its finest vintages to Manila. This vintage line from Concha Y Toro has received international recognition and has consistently earned outstanding ratings from wine critics the world over.

Don Melchor 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is the 29th vintage released to the market since the label was launched in 1987. It is produced from the grapes of Puente Alto Vineyard at the foot of the Andes Mountains and on the oldest terrace of Maipo River, a place considered as one of the best terroirs in the world for Cabernet Sauvignon. 2015 is composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, and aged for 15 months in French oak barrels.

Don Melchor 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon ticks all the boxes when you talk about Chilean wine. It’s categorized under new world wine, but the way they made it leans towards old world styles, creating a superb wine with delicate textures, mineral notes, and a fruity aroma.

We all love to pair wine with food, and this exceptional wine can be paired with different dishes, depending on your mood. Pair it with either red or white meats like poultry, beef, or lamb. It makes an excellent companion for assorted terrines and pâtés, and dried-aged cheeses will also complement the wine’s flavors.

The release of Don Melchor 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon in Manila was also marked by the visit of Concha y Toro’s winemaker Isabel Mitarakis.

Mitarakis, a premier winemaker, and oenologist grew up with wine – her family owns a vineyard and has been working with Concha y Toro for generations. Her love affair with wine started with a curious sip when she was 12 years old and has led to a fruitful career in the wine industry, gaining experience all around the world. She is also the first Chilean to be appointed to the Vinexpo board, the organization responsible for the most important wine exhibitions in the world. It’s refreshing to see a relatively young and accomplished female carving out the name in the wine industry and shaking up the stodgy and male image of winemakers.


Concha y Toro’s winemaker Isabel Mitarakis

She supervises the processes and blends that Cabernet Sauvignon from Alto Maipo undergoes together with Don Melchor line’s master winemaker Enrique Tirado. “I’m glad to be the one to introduce the Don Melchor 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon to the Philippine Market,” Mitarakis said. “It’s one of the best vintages in this line since it was launched in 1987.”

Fly Ace Corporation President Jun Cochanco with Don Melchor Wine Maker Isabel Mitarakis

For Mitarakis, Don Melchor 2015 can be enjoyed by wine connoisseurs and newbies alike. “It’s a great introduction to what is actually good wine and for the more experienced palate, a very interesting blend,” she says. “Drink it with food and have a complete, sensorial experience. Use all your senses and take it all in. After all, wine is so much more than a drink – it’s beauty in a bottle.”

Cheateau 1771 Group Cecile Mauricio, Philippine Wine Merchants VP for Operations Nhorrie Whang, Fly Ace Corporation President Jun Cochanco, Don Melchor Wine Maker Isabel Mitarakis, Fly Ace Corporation Wine Business Development Manager Trisha Apostol, Philippine Wine Merchants President Ralph Lim, Concha Y Toro Regional Marketing Manager Yoo Na Lee, Fly Ace Corporation VP for Marketing Abigail Reyes, and Blue Mountain Incorporated President, and CEO Antonio Villasenor

Concha y Toro wines are exclusively distributed by Fly Ace Corporation in the Philippines. For more information about Concha y Toro, visit

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