In 1998, Santa Emiliana Winery of Chile contributed its best vineyards in the Casablanca, Maipo and Colchagua Valleys to an organic farming effort. This led to the creation of Viñedos Organicos Emiliana (V.O.E.). At V.O.E.:
-Corridors of flowers and pastures help to improve the biodiversity and beauty of the location.
-The animals that feed in the pastures help control the insects and maintain the fertility of the soil.
-The basic compost in the fertility of our vineyards provides the necessary nutrients and improves the microbiology of the soil.
-The landscape is respected in the construction of the cellars.
-Intervention is minimal. Raw materials such as stone, adobe, wood and copper were used for the architecture and construction.
-The best technology processes the fruit: a gravitational receiving system, small stainless steel and French oak casks, hydraulic basket presses and barrel storage locations with sophisticated temperature control.
-The infrastructure provides a delicate care of the grapes and wines where maximum quality is the target. View all Sincerity Wines
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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