Roots and milestones that marked the road for Chile to become a great producer of wines
The path taken by our country to arrive where it is today as one of the principal wine exporters in the world, started almost at the same time as it was conquered by the spanish. Owners of a privileged climate, Chilean land became an exceptional place to cultivate the grape seeds brought from Europe.
However, this paradise for viticultural production didn’t transform into one until the middle of the 19th century. Thanks to an economic boom Chilean business men travelled to Europe with their wealthy families to explore wines and castles, and found a model follow. Excited by the possibility of replicating it, they brought a section of the finest “cuttings” to Chile, just a couple of decades before the great phylloxera plague - a parasite that completely devastated vineyards in the Old World.
In Chile these cuttings grew in their own roots and converted, without knowing, into very valuable genetic material for the future. In particular because they allowed Carmenere - an almost extinct variety - grow undiscovered for over a century within the Merlot vines.
Another relevant moment in the history of Chilean wine took place in the beginning of the 1980s, when Spanish producer Miguel Torres arrived to the country and modernised the viniculture production: he was the first to install stainless steel tanks and french oak to transform the process of production. His example was followed by Chilean producers, producing an explosion of new plantations and constant growth in the exportation of wines.
Currently winemakers and agronomists work together observing the soil and the stars in order to obtain the best fruit possible. Together they have discovered new areas of cultivation, climbing high into the Andes mountains, looking for freshness in the Coastal Mountains and including the most extreme regions of the north and south of the country. The objective is just one: to give our wines a unique seal of origin.