Araucanía Wines – The new Frontier

Bringing to light old vineyards and searching for new origins has been part of our spirit since Viña Morandé was founded. More than 30 years ago, we pioneered the Casablanca Valley, as well as the creation of the first bottles of Maule’s Carignan and Itata’s Cinsault, a reflection of this passion. True to that spirit, we have search to make wines in Araucanía, particularly in the Malleco Valley, in the surroundings of Traiguén, with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.

The extreme southern latitude, the relative rain shadow thanks to the Nahuelbuta mountain range and the volcanic soils give life to two wines whose axis is the tension of their structure and the purity of their aromas and flavors.

Our Chardonnay Black Series, 80% fermented in 300 and 400 lt, French barrels, 35% new and 20% in Foudres, is a great example of the magnitude that this variety is reaching in Chile. The elegance of its fruit, without sweetness, its structure dominated by an important but balanced acidity, floral notes and a mineral and austere character are the result of this terroir and our interpretation of it, through the wine.

For its side, our Pinot Noir Black Series is an excellent exponent of volcanic soils, rich in iron, developing a wine with a fine-grained tannic structure, intensely fruity and discreet at the same time.

They are wines that augur a longevity rarely achieved by these varieties in our country, thanks to the mild climate of its short summers, which naturally forces the vine to produce few clusters to reach maturity, which is slow and constant.

Without a doubt, La Araucania is a risky bet due to its cold and rainy climate, but it pays us back with wines like the ones we proudly offer to lovers of these two Burgundy varieties. In my opinion, a great success.


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