Best Carignan of Chile 2011 & Revelation Vineyard of Colchagua Valley

Best Carignan of Chile 2012

Innovation Award, Chile 2011

Villalobos vineyard & Cellar

Only vineyard in the wild in the world:

The Villalobos family estate is located close to Ranguili villageColchagua Valley appellation of origin. Colchagua Costa is a region close to the Pacific Ocean, internationally recognized for its dry summer days and refreshing nights. The vineyard is essentially Carignan variety, and it was planted during the 1940’s and 50’s.

Villalobos vines have never been treated in the production process; indeed, the vines have always grown free with any chemical processes for sixty years amongst native chilean flora such as: maitenes, rosehip, culenes, pine trees, blackberry bushes etc.

In fact, our mission is to produce a wine characterized by its unique qualities and the special Carignan variety, which almost disappeared from Chile. This is the background which gives rise to the Villalobos family wine cellar.

The wine cellar was founded in the sculpture workshop of Enrique Villalobos, in the Valle de los Artistas located in the Colchagua Valley. The art of sculpture and the art of winemaking are intrinsically linked in the creation process; that is, the modification and intervention of substances offered to us by nature, which the artist may turn into a unique and particular work of art.

Given this context, our vineyard wishes to distance itself from the traditional industrial monoculture.  Our main goal is to produce wines which reflect the seasonal conditions and qualities of our terroir, taking advantage of the organic and wild characteristic of the aged vines. This unique terroir allows us to harvest grapes which give the wine an aroma that is perfectly harmonized with the Chilean countryside.

The Villalobos philosophy is based on absolute respect for the environment where we produce our grapes. Our vineyard operation involves the use of draught horses and natural forms of herbs control in order to keep the natural balance. Grapes are hand-harvested, since the vines grow amongst wild flora, which makes the harvest a difficult task in general.

Villalobos Carignan wine is not filtered and is drained several times with no pressing of the grapes, but by using the wine flower’s gravity. We age our wines slowly and naturally in neutral French oak barrels, which allow us to produce a wine in controlled amounts and limited editions, possessing great condition, which certainly deserves to be appreciated in all its fullness.

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