The harvest has now come to an end at Viña Ventisquero. Although yields were low this year, we were delighted by the surprisingly high quality of the grapes.
It has generally been a warm year, so the grapes were harvested around two weeks earlier than usual. The frost that affected the Casablanca Valley between August and November resulted in low yields, so this was a more relaxed harvest than in previous years.
The Las Terrazas vineyard in the Leyda Valley is showing great potential in terms of quality and personality, without losing any of its characteristics as an extreme terroir. In Atacama it was a normal year, with high-quality wines with a fresh, unique style thanks to the northern maritime influence.
At the Tapihue vineyard in Casablanca, the harvest was affected by frosts, with losses particularly marked in the Chardonnay. Meanwhile, at the Trinidad vineyard in Maipo, the Cabernet Sauvignon yield was lower this year. However, the grapes were exceptionally ripe, deliciously fruity and had a good level of tannins. Therefore a gentle fermentation was followed by ageing in oak barrels, which is essential for these wines. Similarly, in the Pirque vineyards, the early harvest provided very concentrated, structured musts.
Finally, at the Roblería vineyard in Apalta, production was down. This year was warmer than usual and we limited the irrigation of the vines. As a result, we harvested fruit of excellent quality and great concentration.
We are working hard to make the very best of the excellent 2014 harvest and to bring Viña Ventisquero wines to dinner tables in Chile and around the world.