Organic and Biodynamic Wines of Chile
The best wines are also sustainable:
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With the Andes mountains to the east, the Pacific ocean to the west, the Atacama desert to the north and millenary ice fields to the south, Chile is privileged with a very special climate – with sun conditions, thermal amplitude and soil quality no less than ideal for wine production. No wonder winemaking is historic in the country, with wineries that go back to the XVI century. But, did you know that winemaking in Chile is also one of the most innovative and careful with the environment in the world?
First, let´s have some definitions. Organic wines are those produced under an integrated system that strives to promote and improve the health of the ecosystem and its biodiversity, without any aggressive or invasive practices from the vineyard; that is without the use of any herbicides, pesticides or artificial fertilizers, or any other toxic industrial product. So that the wines produced are healthier.
Biodynamic wines, on the other hand, originate in Rudolf Steiner`s Anthroposophy, a combination of medicine, homeopathy and astrology. Biodynamic production necessarily incorporates organic practices, and centers in a self-sustaining scheme based in 3 elements: field, animals and plants. Every product used on the land or the vines must be elaborated in situ, and the natural fertilizer must come from animals living in the property. The vintage, storage and even wine tastings are guided through a lunar and astrological calendar. An international certifier monitors all of which. Moreover, the Chilean Group of Biodynamic Wines was established in 2019.
Organic vineyards throughout the main valleys
Viñedos Emiliana is located in the Casablanca valley –known for the best white wines- was founded in 1986 by the Guilisasti family, and specializes in the production of organic wines respectful with the environment. This was the first winery in South America to produce biodynamic wine.
In the well-known Colchagua valley, one of the pioneers in organic wines is Viña Lapostolle, which received the status of 100% organic vineyard in 2011. Throughout their processes they use natural fertilizers, bees and recycling to help produce its wines in an ecological fashion.
In the Valparaíso region, Cono Sur is another of the pioneer organic wineries in the country. The company takes sustainability very seriously, optimizing the vineyards processes to reduce their carbon footprint and taking care of the environment every step of the way. Workers, for instance, go around the vineyards in pedal bikes and use natural alternatives to protect the vines from plagues. Cono Sur was the first South American winery to obtain a double ISO certificate for their warranty of quality and environmental policies; and the first
in the world to receive the cero emissions status. It´s worth tasting their organic Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere.
Viña Matetic is a biodynamic boutique winery, located in the Rosario valley, near Casablanca. Their vineyards are set up across the hill slopes surrounded by native forests – the pioneers of the production of Syrah of cold weather in Chile. Besides the wine tastings, the vineyard offers varied and fun activities for its visitors, who can go on guided walks around the vines, biking or horse riding. And then to finish the visit, have lunch with good pairing at their Equilibrio restaurant.
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