Küdaw Nativo is a journey to the forgotten centenary vineyards in southern Chile, rescuing the oldest varieties and the traditional production methods.
The three Küdaw “Nativos” are the result of the search for the oldest vineyards of historical varieties in Chile. País, the oldest that came here with the Spanish religious orders more than five centuries ago; Cinsault, the grape of French origin that has adapted to the steep slopes of the Itata Valley as if it had been born here; and Carignan, which came a little later but has become a hallmark in the Cauquenes area. These wines reflect the spirit of the land, the tradition that for centuries has been respected by those who care for the vineyard and produce wines following the ancestral methods inherited for generations.
The Carignan, also known as Mazuelo or Cariñena in Spain is a variety of medium-high productivity, that offers its best version in stressful environmental conditions, with limited availability of water and high temperatures. Its acidic potential, together with cultivation in warm areas, reflects the perfect, balanced maturation in this variety's grape.See file
The País variety came to Chile with the first Spanish religious orders, who brought it to produce wine for religious services. It is also known as "Criolla" or "Misión". It is a very productive variety and is resistant to pests. The ancient vineyards have resisted in areas such as Sauzal, hidden and away from the environment of Santiago.See file
Cinsault arrived in Chile with other French varieties and is one of the older, better adapted varieties of Chilean viticulture, especially in the Itata Valley. It is a variety with low acidity, but in this mountainous area of cold weather and a little over 20 kilometers from the coast, it gives rise to vines with great nerve and verticality.See file