Chile is a land of diversity, with 4329 Km from tip to tip and all types of climates, from the desert to the South Pole. The Pacific, the Andes and the Cordillera de la Costa add an even greater diversity of climates and soils. It is a country whose wine making is dominated by large wineries that are mostly concentrated in the Central Valley, between the Andes and the Cordillera de la Costa. There the weather conditions are ideal for grape production, with an abundance of water throughout the year but little rainfall in summer.
But Vintae suspected that Chile is much more than the Central Valley. Phylloxera never reached here, which is why very, very old vineyards have been preserved. There are also extreme climates, vineyards at high altitude, vines that the missionaries brought centuries ago and ancient production traditions. That Chile of respect for the vineyard was what they were looking for and they found it journeying for kilometers toward the South, exploring in search of areas where the native varieties were maintained in small operations and getting closer to the Cordillera de la Costa to find altitude, through the valleys of Maule and the Itata or areas with an extensive past and promising wine growing present such as Cauquenes.
Location: Sauzal (Maule Valley).
Climate: Temperate Mediterranean climate, with abundant rainfall. The proximity to the Cordillera de la Costa imparts coolness.
Age of the vineyard: More than 150 years (no exact dating).
The País vineyards in Sauzal are hidden in areas with difficult access, planted on hillsides with slopes of up to 20% of inclination on rainfed soils. Cultivation is organic and is done on horseback.
Location:: Cauquenes (Central Valley).
Climate: Mediterranean, warm but with ample thermal integrals.
Age of the vineyard: Planted in the 1940s.
These are organic vineyards, goblet trained, cultivated on horseback. The warmth of the area is reflected in a perfect maturation. The Carignan grape is the star variety in this area.
Location:: Marchigüe (Colchagua Valley)
Climate: Mediterranean with large coastal influence. Aeration by the ocean winds.
Age of the vineyard: Planted at the end of the 1990s.
The wind is the basis of the coolness and the natural acidity of the wine from these vineyards. The clay soils of volcanic origin are another of the keys to the personality of this farm because they provide minerality and structure.
Location:: Casablanca Valley.
Climate: Cold weather, cool temperatures also during the summer. Coastal rainfall concentrated in the winter months.
Age of the vineyard: Planted at the beginning of the 1990s.
In this area, where there are very prestigious whites, this vineyard has two different types of soil (one clay loam and one part of red clay with decomposed granite), marking the minerality of the wine.
Location:: Guarilihue (Itata Valley).
Climate: Cool with abundant rainfall. Wide thermal differential in summer.
Age of the vineyard: Planted at the beginning of the 1970s.
It is an organic vineyard located on the top of a hill. Thus, it offers different orientations of the vines. It is worked on horseback. The area is very mountainous, cool, and close to the coast. Therefore it offers a wine with great nerve and verticality.