Quebrada de Talca
Our vineyards in the Quebrada de Talca region are planted on flat land as well as on the slopes of the surrounding mountains, including Cerro Mayu. The observatory was built in the midst of the vines, on the top of the Cerro Mayu and stands on one of the vineyard’s highest points. Being our closest vineyards to the coast (just 18 km from the Pacific Ocean), the mornings are densely foggy and cool while the afternoons bring higher temperatures and clear skies. The Ideal location for Sauvignon Blanc, Pedro Ximenez and Syrah. The soil is of alluvial origin composed mainly of granite, very dry; the temperature can reach 24 to 25°C (75-77°F) max during Summer and decrease down to 10 to 11°C (50-52°F) during the night.
Going farther inland into the valley, the climate conditions of El Tambo region are warmer, drier and with much more sunshine. In the mornings it receives a bit of fog coming from the valley’s Puclaro Lake, but burns off quickly with the strong rising sun. It is located at 550 to 650 m (1800-2130 ft.) above the sea level, 55 km (34 miles) inland. This area is split in different vineyards: Yungay (place for Pedro Ximenez with a North-South exposure), San Carlos (at the side of Elqui River, place for Sangiovese and Pedro Ximenez) and Rio (alluvial – ancient bed of the river, gravelly and stony place for Carménère).
La Compania/La Viñita
These vineyards are the closest to the valley’s main village of Vicuña, located at 650 m (2132 ft.) above the sea level, 60km (37 miles) from the coast, and also to the Elqui River bed, giving it very gravel-dense clay soils. The grapes are not only consistent with every harvest here, but also completely distinct from the more coastal Quebrada de Talca; Ideal place for Syrah and Malbec.
Although the vineyards in the high mountain region were originally only for Pisco production, Mauro knew that the soil composition and the climate conditions would produce excellent grapes for wine. After tirelessly testing different growing techniques and styles, he finally reached a Pedro Ximenez with an outstanding balance of fruitiness and minerality that you can only find in the high altitudes of the Elqui Valley, very dry area with fresh nights. Our La Huanta stands proudly as one of the highest vineyards in Chile at 1925 m (6320 ft.)! Dimaro is the second highest vineyard in the valley with an impressive Pedro Ximenez plantation 1000 m (3300 ft.) above the sea level and 85 km inland, from the Pacific Ocean.