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Grapevines for the valleys of Chile

Monday, 16 September, 2019

“Grapevines and wines to evangelize Chile,” with these words, penned on September 4, 1545 by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia in a letter to King Charles V of Spain, the history of winemaking in Chile began. Which is why, every September 4, the country celebrates National Chilean Wine Day to commemorate this historically and economically important activity.

Charles V’s response was in the affirmative and a shipment of grapevines and wines was sent from Europe. Over time, grapevines would be planted from what are the present-day cities of Coquimbo to Concepcion, transforming richly-fertile valleys into some of the greatest wine-producing zones in the world.

Blessed with numerous microclimates provided by the Chilean Coast Range and the Pacific Ocean, the terroir of Chile is so unique that in the 1990s, the Carménère grape, which was presumed extinct in Europe for over 100 years, was rediscovered and found to be thriving in Chile. Today, Carménère is steadily rising to become one of Chile’s most iconic wines.

Between Viña del Mar and Santiago, you can find the Casablanca Valley, home to the grapes used in TRIO Chardonnay. There, the soil — loamy and sandy with traces of limestone — is best suited for white grapes like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Blanc.

With its proximity to the ocean, Casablanca’s cool temperatures allow for light-bodied, crisp and fresh wines with floral and citrus notes.

Further south you’ll find the Maule Valley, which stretches from the Pacific coast to the foothills of the Andes Mountains. This vast extension enables the production of a great variety of wines that normally would be distributed in different parts of country.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Carménère are among the wine grapes cultivated in the Maule Valley, where Andean winds, the coolness of the ocean, and primarily limestone and granite soil combine to create the optimal conditions for the grapes that, blended together, make TRIO Cabernet Sauvignon and TRIO Merlot.

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