In order to obtain exceptional quality grapes for making our wines, the R&D department tries to achieve the perfect balance between the knowledge gained from studying the land and the tools offered by technology. Over the course of time, we have developed a series of innovations in our vineyards and production processes:
Vine irrigation tests
We are experimenting with the resistance of different rootstocks to test their behaviour when irrigated with recycled water from treatment plants.
Efficient use of water
ⓐ Water metering Our commitment to sustainability means that we seek to minimize our use of water, taking great care of this valuable resource. We therefore constantly calculate the real water consumption per kilo of grapes produced.
ⓑ Irrigation monitoring system We use cutting edge technology to measure the effect of irrigation on the plants in our vineyards. We have succeeded in determining the water applied and the effect of the water movement curve on the soil.
Grapes are our raw material and we want to protect them at every stage, so we take out the foliage wires and the central wires where the leaves are tethered so as to avoid burns.
We also monitor the grape quality in the vineyards in order to achieve similar management and grapes from the different vineyards.
To determine which variety best adapts to the soil type we use two instruments in our vineyards: A harrow mounted with an EC sensor, which determines the electromagnetic conductivity of the soil and trial pits, where a hole is made in the earth to enable the soil to be inspected to see how the vine’s roots have grown and by how much. Collecting this information enables us to do differentiated harvesting and to vary our irrigation management according to the soil type for future vintages. It also enables us to identify possible micro terroirs in our plots of land.
Soil and water management
We are developing different rootstocks which are resistant to salts in different soil conditions in the Huasco area, as the vines planted there need to survive in complex dry and saline conditions.