Derek Mossman Knapp – perfectly disheveled, his full head of hair now acceptably grey, a native of Toronto – is not only leading the way in Chile's anti-technological "let's get back to the roots" wine revolution, he (along with his wife Pilar Miranda and their friend, Dr. Alvaro Peña) could be considered the movement's founder. As owner of Garage Wine Co. and the man who established MOVI, Derek is changing the face of the Chilean wine scene – by rewinding the story.
It all started – quite literally – in Derek's garage in 2001, "goofing around with friends" as he puts it. Years earlier, during college, Derek had a decision to make. An avid skier, his usual destination for hitting the summer slopes – New Zealand – was without snow one season. No summer slopes also meant Derek was without a summer job, so he headed for the next logical location. Landing in Chile, Derek fell in love – with the place, and eventually with his soon to be wife. Chile became Derek's new home, lucky we are! Derek's Vigno, the most recent of releases, is stunning, and for those of you who love the complexities only old vines can, indulge.