Ed Flaherty and Jen Hoover are two Californians who came to Chile in 1993 to work a harvest and then never left. The country has an exceptional climate for winegrowing, producing ripe fruit with smooth tannins and intense primary fruit flavors. Chile also has some of the best whitewater kayaking in the world, which had more than a little to do with their decision to stay. Their kayaking days are sadly over, but the local wines just keep getting better.
Over the years, Ed has worked with some of the top wineries in the Chilean industry, including Cono Sur, Errázuriz, and Tarapacá. As an executive winemaker, Ed spent more time in the office and the tasting lab than in the winery. He started Flaherty in 2004 so that he could get his hands dirty again–or at least a little wine stained during crush.
Flaherty is one of the few boutique wineries in Chile. The business started with about 1,200 bottles of a single red blend in 2004 and has grown to a current production of just over 58,000 bottles.
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