Ritual wines come from the Veramonte winery. Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.
The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.
Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.
Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996.
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Ritual was created as an elegant, yet approachable interpretation of Sauvignon Blanc. Only the finest estate-grown fruit from vineyard blocks known to produce intense fruit flavors and higher acidity are chosen for this wine.
The resulting wine is medium-bodied, featuring a rounder, more... more
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Pale gold with green hints. The main aromas come from citrics like lime and grapefruit, mixed with tropical notes, such as fresh pineapple. The palate is very elegant, with great density. It has soft acidity and a lovely finish.
Pair with seafood, such as ceviche and fresh cheese. more
The 2012 Ritual Pinot Noir opens up to complex aromas of cherry and
boysenberry, mixed with floral notes of violets and lavender. In the glass, the wine has deep ruby red color. The Ritual Pinot Noir is an elegant wine with density and richness. Vibrant flavors of cherry and rasberry, soft... more
Elegant and supple, with raspberry, cherry and a hint of vanilla oak. more
2010 Ritual Sauvignon Blanc is an elegant and balanced wine with ripe tropical fruit flavors
complexed with floral notes and hints of citrus fruit. This medium-bodied wine is fresh and
luscious with a persistent finish. more
The 2010 Ritual is round, soft and elegant, with flavors of raspberry, cherry and plums. With soft tannins and fresh acidity this wine is mouthfilling with great length. Made with 100% Pinot Noir. more
2009 Ritual opens with fresh and fruity aromas of black cherries, raspberries and blueberries. the palate is round and soft with silky tannins. A fresh and elegant wine with well-integrated oak and subtle hints of toast. more
#87 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
2008 Ritual opens with striking aromas of black cherries, raspberry and plum. The mid palate is round, soft and elegant with black currant and blueberry notes mingling with hints of cola. Its rich, yet restrained tannins provide depth and lead to a luxurious... more