Happy Wine Wednesday! Today we explore one of the most extreme environments on earth: Chile’s Atacama Region. You wouldn’t think that anything can grow here since much of it is covered by the Atacama Desert – the driest place on Earth. However, one winery is pioneering “extreme wines” in this inhospitable landscape. As the most northerly vineyards in Chile, these vines experience warm days and cold nights. Soil here is extremely salty, but somehow Viña Ventisquero manages to create some of the most unique wines in the world.
The terroir of this region is astonishing. It is 220-240 meters above sea level and experiences foggy mornings which help give the grapes some respite from the direct sun. Temperatures range from 5 -6 degrees Celsius. The close proximity to the Pacific coast give the wine a maritime influence.
Viña Ventisquero – Merlot
This wine has a ruby and violet color and pairs well with brie, pasta, and white meats.
Tara Atacama – White Wine 1
Despite having only 20 mm of rainfall here, this Chardonnay-based wine manages to grow in the harshest of climates. These grapes are foot-crushed and fermented with native yeasts. You’ll find this variety has a mineral taste, thanks to the high salt concentrations in the soil.
Spicy with soft tannins, this award-winning Syrah-Merlot blend reflects the characters of the world’s driest desert.