What do astronomers and winegrowers have in common? Clear skies and pure light. Elqui has both. Here at the southern edge of the Atacama Desert, the sun works its magic on the grapes by day and the stars dazzle by night.
The area has long been known for its table grapes, papayas, and other fruits, as well as Chile’s distilled spirit Pisco, but new vineyards explore the terrain from coast to high into the Andes—up to 2000 meters (6,500 feet) above sea level—for wine grapes with amazing results, especially with the attention-grabbing cool-climate Syrah.
Pronunciation guide: EL-kee (Valley) and ko-KIM-bo (D.O.)
Total Hectares planted: 508