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Sauvignon Blanc: the white gold of Chilean winemaking

Sauvignon Blanc, an aromatic grape with a French accent, has found in the Chilean valleys an exceptional terroir where it can express its full potential.

Sauvignon Blanc, an aromatic grape with a French accent, has found in the Chilean valleys an exceptional terroir where it can express its full potential. This variety known for its freshness, marked acidity and distinctive aromas has earned a prominent place in the country’s wine scene, captivating wine lovers and experts alike.

Cultivated mainly in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley in France, in the 19th century Sauvignon Blanc arrived in Chile, where it found optimal conditions to reach its maximum splendor. Since then, this grape has been cultivated with passion and dedication, giving rise to world-class wines that show the richness of its origin and the unique character of the Chilean terroir.

Today the Sauvignon Blanc is the archetypal variety of the white wines of Chile, occupying ten percent of the country’s wine territory. Specifically, it is in Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys, in the Aconcagua region, where the proximity of the Pacific Ocean offers climatic conditions that favor the cultivation of Sauvignon Blanc to produce excellent-quality whites, not only using conventional practices but also based on organic and biodynamic farming.

The Casablanca Valley is strongly influenced by the Pacific Ocean and sea breezes. Its climate is cold, particularly due to the Humboldt current, which cools down the lower layer of the atmosphere causing morning mists. From noon, the temperature rises, the valley receives sea breezes and clears up slowly. This produces a thermal amplitude that contributes to the slow ripening of the grape. In turn, the San Antonio Valley receives greater maritime influence because it is even closer to the sea. In this valley the vineyards of Sauvignon Blanc are cultivated on hills, in a cold climate with moderate rainfall, which create a lower thermal amplitude.

These factors lead to a slow ripening, so that the aromas and flavors of the variety develop properly, resulting in fresh, mineral Sauvignon Blanc wines, with elegance and a unique lively character. These are crisp whites, whose aromas range from citrus and green to tropical fruits, such as passion fruit.

Due to their high quality and distinctive character, Chilean Sauvignon Blanc wines have gained international recognition. For their freshness, vivid acidity, intense aromas and marked minerality, they are a fine complement for a wide variety of dishes, from salads to seafood. For their light body and juicy acidity, they pair flawlessly with fresh salads with pieces of pear or green apple and citrus dressings. They are certainly the perfect pair for typical dishes of the Chilean coast, such as cebiches, and could perfectly go with an empanada filled with cheese or seafood as well.

To counteract the effects of climate change in the future, the potential of new wine regions in southern Chile is being explored to maintain the aromas and freshness of premium Sauvignon Blanc.

The Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is an authentic treasure that reflects the passion and commitment of Chilean wineries to produce exceptional wines. Elegant, fresh and with a unique character, these whites are an authentic expression of the Chilean terroir and a true delight for wine lovers all over the world.

 

Thanks to the favorable location in Las Dichas, in the Casablanca Valley, and for its great marine influence coming from the Pacific Ocean, which comes strongly from San Jerónimo, we elaborate Sauvignon Blanc wines that represent their place of origin. A work that goes hand in hand with nature and the whole sustainable environment that surrounds it. Faithful exponent in their category, they are authentic whites, showcasing character and excellence.

(Viña Casas del Bosque)

 

The Lo Abarca wine appellation, located in the San Antonio Valley, is an ideal place for growing Sauvignon Blanc. With low temperatures, averaging less than 14 degrees Celsius during the growing season, but with Mediterranean sunshine nonetheless, this Sauvignon Blanc is a balance between the New-World concentration and the Old-World elegance and austerity. These are wines that can be enjoyed young, but also have an ageing potential of at least 15 years.
(Viña Casa Marín)

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