Chile: Climate change forces Miguel Torres to plant vineyards in the shadow of the Cordillera

Tuesday May 27 2014 by Vitisphere

"The need to find lands that confront the challenges  of climate change" is behind Spanish group, Miguel Torres’ latest Chilean investment: 230 hectares in the ItataValley at the foot of the Andes, near the Ñuble River.  Founded in 1979, the Chilean branch of Torres is considered a pioneer of Chilean winemaking.  On this abandoned terrain, it believes it can bring Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere grapes to full maturity. What was "still unthinkable forty years ago, is now possible due to rising temperatures" and "large variances between day and night time temperatures (plus an abundance of spring water)" says a statement.

According to Wines of Chile, the Chilean interprofessional body, the Itata Valley boasts a Mediterranean climate (with 1,100 mm of rainfall per year) and alluvial soils (clay and sand). With 6 properties in Chile, the Torres group operates over 2,400 hectares of vineyards around the world (including 2,000 in Spain)

 

[Source: Vitisphere; Photo: view  of the Itata Valley (Miguel Torres Chile)]

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