Colchagua Valley, Chile
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The vineyard at Veramonte is the largest contiguous vineyard in Chile. It stretches over 350 hectares in the prime growing area of Chile's Casablanca Valley. In 1990, Agustin Huneeus chose this site for Veramonte recognizing that the microclimates and soils of this beautiful valley are similar to California's prestigious Napa Valley and Carneros winegrowing regions. The Veramonte Vineyard Manager utilizes the most recent advances in viticultural technology to produce the highest quality fruit possible. He carefully manages yields by dropping crop, controlling irrigation and experimenting with different pruning techniques to maximize maturity and ripeness in the grapes. He limits yields to 5-7 tons per hectare to reap high quality grapes with intense flavor, definition and concentration.
The winery at Veramonte is a state-of-the-art, modern winemaking facility designed by one of Chile's foremost leading architects, Jorge Swinburn. Opened in 1998, the 7,896-square meter winery includes the latest technology in bottling lines, gravity-fed fermentors and ultra-modern stainless steel tanks. It is also designed for small-lot winemaking, allowing separate fermentation and aging of individual vineyard blocks and experimental vineyard plots. When guests enter the winery they are welcomed to the "Casona," a breath-, taking room with a soaring rotunda, 16-meter ceilings and glass walls which reveal the barrel caves below.