Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile

The home of La Joya wines is Vina Bisquertt in the Colchagua Valley. Family-run winery with estate-owned vineyards, the head of the family is Don Osvaldo Bisquertt. 30 years ago he had the foresight to purchase large tracts of land in the Colchagua for grape growing, long before the mega wine corporations moved in. The Don is ably assisted by his sons and daughter who tend to each aspect of winemaking from the viticultural aspects to the international marketing of their wines.

Notable achievements :
Best Merlot in the World at the 2002 London International Wine & Spirit Competition and a Gold Medal at the 2005 Vinalies Internationale France for its La Joya Grand Reserva Carmenere 2002.

The Grape Expectations Scoop :
This Chilean label is one of our best value for money wines in our stable. And they are the Kings of Carmenere.

Soleca range
This range of wines is named after the matriarch of the Bisquertt family, Soleca. The label of each variety is an actual painting by her and is a visual representation of the wine’s character.

Soleca Chardonnay 2004, 2005
Easy drinking stuff. Pale golden in colour, drink well chilled.

Soleca Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, 2004
Pizza in front of the TV and a couple of glasses of this red makes it all worthwhile just staying home!

Varietal range
Straight-forward, easy drinking stuff.

La Joya Chardonnay 2005
Bronze medal at the Challenge International Du Vin France 2005.
Tasty white with good acidity and structure. Fish n Chips kinda wine.

La Joya Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Silver medal and Best Value Cab Sauv at the Win Pac Show HK 2005.
The La Joya varietals are damn good value and this wine is no exception.
It has garnered praised from Asian palates.

La Joya Carmenere 2005
Try this for something slightly different from your usual Cab Sauv. It’s a cross between a Merlot and Cab Sauv. A native of Chile.

La Joya Rose 2004
Looking for a wine that is refreshing and easy to drink but still possessing the presence of anti-cancer phenolics from red grape skin contact? This wine is your answer. Don’t let the rose syrupy colour fool you, the refreshment factor in this rose tops any pink blush!

Reserve range
The Reserve range indicates the use of oak in the winemaking process. It also means the use of free run juice from earlier pressings which makes for a better wine.

La Joya Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2005, 2006
85pts Wine Spectator, Silver medal at the 2nd Wines of Chile Awards 2005
A different Sauvignon Blanc from the ones coming out of New Zealand. This one sees a little wood which adds a bit more structure yet retains its lemony zest.

La Joya Reserve Chardonnay 2003
Nice richness with good fruit acidity. Definitely a roast chicken for dinner accompanied by a glass of this Chard!

La Joya Reserve Gewurtztraminer 2005
Slightly sweet, highly refreshing. Fantastic floral nose. Gotta drink it on its own!

La Joya Reserve Carmenere 2003
Gold – 3rd Wines of Chile Awards (2004), Silver – Wine Challenge Tokyo
Long thought to be Merlot, Carmenere is now considered to be Chile’s very own grape variety. La Joya does their Carmenere pa rticularly well, and this Reserve is no exception. If you are a Merlot fan, try this similar tasting varietal for a bit of variety.

La Joya Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
80pts Wine Spectator
Classic Colchaguan Cabernet Sauvignon. Try it with a good T-bone or Camembert.

Grand Reserve range
Being Grand Reserve, these wines see longer time in wood than the Reserve and there is now into more complexity and definitely within the top of the range.

La Joya Grand Reserve Merlot 2002
Silver medal at Vinalies International France 2005
This is the grandson of the Best Merlot in the World 2000. Delicious on its own, relax in your favourite lounge chair and enjoy!

La Joya Grand Reserve Carmenere 2001, 2002
Gold medal at Vinalies International France 2005,
Gold – Challenge International Du Vin France 2005 (2002)
A note on the Vinalies competition. Its unlike any of the other wine competitions regularly held around the world which judge on how commercially palatable a wine is. The Vinalies judges on technical excellence in winemaking. Winners display a perfect balance of technically excellent winemaking together with brilliant expression of terroir and a touch of winemaker artistic pizzazz. This Grand Reserve is AWESOME!

La Joya Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2000, 2003
Silver – International Wine & Spirit Competition Londown 2005 (2002)
Drink this now! This vintage has aged beautifully, great length, firm tannins, fruit still intermingling with green peppery spice.

Premium range
This is Vina Bisquertt at the top of its game. Limited release wines with a waiting list!

La Joya Grand Cuvee Premium Carmenere 1998
100% carmenere. They only make this wine when the Carmenere grapes for that vintage are top notch. 1998 was a perfect year for Carmenere in Colchagua. There has not been another one since.

Zeus
Vina Bisquertt’s flagship wine consisting of 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% carmenere. This wine is only made in years when both Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are top notch. Rare find.