Nativa wines were the first in Chile to be made with grapes certified as organically grown. The country, indeed, offers excellent growing conditions for organic agriculture, with its four natural barriers – the Atacama Desert to the north, the Andes Mountains to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Antarctic glaciers to the south –providing natural isolation and protection of the vineyards.
Led by Chief Winemaker, Felipe Ramírez, the Nativa team is passionate about embracing the natural environment and has implemented sustainable winemaking practices. The winery uses recycled materials for labels and packaging, produces grapes free of chemical residue, strives to improve soil fertility, and utilizes the maximum amount of renewable resources, all while maintaining the genetic diversity of the ecosystem. View all Nativa Wines
Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
Notable FactsThe main regions of Chile include Maipo (pronounced MY-poh), known for reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere; Casablanca Valley, a region producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc, as well as other whites & some reds; Colchaugua, an inland district creating amazing red wines from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly in the Apalta sub-region; and Rapel Valley, settled right under Maipo and producing the same red varietals. A couple of smaller regions to watch include Limari and Elqui, two valleys further north, producing some delicious cool-climate Chardonnay and Bio Bio, an area further south, which is also focused on cool-climate varieties. Chilean wines are growing in exports and more consumers are enjoying the delicious values coming from the country. Red wines of the region, though they cannot be generalized, make the whole gamut of wine quality – quaffable to collectible. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Carmenere are the main players, though Syrah is also making a splash. Some of the best reds are blends of the above varieties. As for whites, Sauvignon Blanc is typically crisp, herbal and racy, while Chardonnay is richer in style with full-bodied texture and tropical fruit flavors.
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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard