The People of Winemaking

Matt Wilson of Chile was the winner of our 2015 Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year ‘People’ sub-category for his photograph of Jacques Lardiere pointing at his lens as the sky darkened outside the Louis Jadot winery on his retirement in 2013.


Technical: Canon EOS 1D Mark iv. Lens 16-35mm 2.8 at 16mm, metered off sky and flash set to manual -1 stop 

Matt is immersed in the world of winemaking, in fact he told us, “I live in the middle of a vineyard in the Colchagua Valley in Chile. I married a winemaker. We are ten miles from the nearest town. We have great light, long summers, amazing autumns with super skies. I prefer to shoot outside using natural light, but will use some artificial lights to help out with details. Chile has amazing natural produce. The colours of the fruit and vegetables and vineyards and corn fields are always inspiring.”

Photo credit below: Matt Wilson
Details: Viu manent winery where Matt lives, the white house in the photo is the Vius private house. They do horse carriage rides through the vineyards as part of their tourism package.


Despite being surrounded by this beauty he travels a great deal. “About fifty percent of my work is travel based. I come from a big family of people who travel in their work. Just to experience new places, foods and cultures is such a great feeling for me. I have yet to turn down a local dish, no matter what it is. I am always looking for new angles and light sources. Wherever I go the first stop will always be the local market. The foods and faces there say so much about the rest of the place.”

Photo credit below: Matt Wilson
Details: A trip Matt made in October to San Pedro de Atacama in the North of Chile. His assistant Mike is seen drinking some water in a very dried up part of the Atacama desert. Highlighting the effects of global warming.


When we asked him which photographers, if any, had influenced his work he said, Robert Capa, Irving Penn, John Kernick and Hugh Johnson” and that "tastes inspire me, faces inspire me and light always inspires me”.

Describing the food and wine photography sector he quotes, “Challenging, tough, but very rewarding. Plus we sometimes get to eat fantastic food. My cooking has improved by working with so many top chefs”.

Matt's latest news:

"I am currently working on two book projects. One about Cauquenes in The Maule Valley in Chile, and one a food and travel book around The Colchagua Valley in Chile.

I am also planning a three month road trip for next year. The entire length of Chile. 10 of us will drive from the very South of Chile to the very North of Chile. We will be making a book and a documentary of the trip.The project is called I AM CHILE. The site is ( We are currently looking for sponsors! I will be the photographer, we have an artist, a writer a videographer and a cartographer. We will have three drivers and 1 mechanic and a project manager."


To connect with Matt visit:


Twitter: @photos_in_Chile

Instagram: @Matt_Wilson_GC

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