The fruit comes from dry farmed vineyards with 200-year-old bush vines grown deep in the Maule Valley, lending intensity and complexity to the wine.
Vinification/ Aging: Manual Harvest with selection, fermentation on closed tanks with no skins, native yeasts. 6 months in old foudre barrels and only free run no pumping.
Alcohol Grade: 12.5%
Best to have it: 7-10ºC
Production: 6,600 bottles
Size: 750 ml
The Winery: Viñas Gonzalez Bastias
José Luis Gómez Bastías represents the 5th generation of his family cultivating vineyards on the south bank of the Maule River, 44km inland from the Pacific in an area known as the ‘rulo’ dry coastline. Unlike larger landowners in Maule and Bio Bio, they have preserved their 200-year-old País bush vines instead of replanting them with more popular international varietals. They value traditional farming and vinification practices, embracing music, food, and a philosophy of respecting nature and agriculture as a way of life, not just a business.
Their focus is on creating a balanced ecosystem. Their four-hectare vineyards are not only home to fruit trees and wildlife but also maintained by sheep that control the grass and provide natural fertilizer. In 2013, José Luis met agronomist Daniela Lorenzo in Santiago, who fell in love with the project and José Luis himself. They now jointly manage the vineyards and winery.
Their objective is to live and work sustainably while preserving the land’s beauty, history, and traditions. As the project expands, they improve the vineyards, plant new sites, and continue to follow ancestral practices.