VIÑA CONCHA Y TORO WINERY RESEARCH CENTER
SEMINAR ADDRESSED THE IMPACT OF THE CARIGNAN VARIETY IN THE MAULE REGION AND THE DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN
THE ACTIVITY IS PART OF A PROJECT FROM THE INNOVATION FOR COMPETITIVENESS FUND PROGRAM, WITH MORE THAN 100 MILLION PESOS (APPROXIMATELY US$ 140,000) IN FINANCING.
January 22, 2016
The Technology Centre of the Vine and Wine (C. T. V. V., in Spanish) of the Universidad de Talca, held, for the second time, the seminar addressing all the alternatives of the Carignan variety, called “The Generation of Units of Base-Terroir (UTB, In Spanish) for the Promotion of Quality and Typicality of the Carignan Variety Wines in the Dry Lands of the Maule Valley”.
The initiative, carried out in the Research and Innovation Center of Viña Concha y Toro winery, was co-organized together with the Regional Government, and the association Carignan growers. In the opportunity it was studied, among other aspects, the impact of this strain on small producers of the dry land area, who receive low prices for their grapes. In contrast to those who improve the quality of their Carignan strain and get the best values.
The project will allow support the technical arguments for developing the first controlled designartion of origin in Chile from the point of view of the soil, the climate, the plant and the culture of production for these wines.
According to the trade publication, “Wine Advocate”, the wines made from the Chilean Carignan strain are now achieving high levels of quality within the exclusive group of Chilean wines, being ranked now, according to the journal, as one of the best in the country.
Yerko Moreno, director of the CTVV explained that “the orientation of the Technology Center of the Vine and the Wine of the University of Talca seeks to find what are the relevant features and special areas of productive vineyards of Chile and the Maule. Here it has been created something very special, which is an association of Carignan Winegrowers, supported by the University and in an area as important as the dry lands of the Maule Region. To characterize this strain production with only 500 or 600 hectares in the country is relevant to understand why the Carignan wines from the Maule Region are so different from the rest.”
The dry land territory of Maule is part of the origin of the national viticulture and can be considered a “heritage wine” for traditional varieties such as Pais, Cinsault and Carignan, among others. This last strain had an oenological rediscovery at the end of the 90's by some wine companies, which around the year 2000 got associated and created Carignan Winegrowers A. G. and the collective brand of VIGNO to promote and market their wines.
The objective of the seminar is to generate the scientific and technological basis to characterize the terroir of the Carignan strain of the Maule Region in terms of wine growing, soil and mesoclimate, pretending to do a collection of the information about the vineyards planted with Carignan in the main producing area of this variety (dry land of the Maule Region; describe and identify the edafoclimatic aptitude of the Carignan producing area, through the establishment of Units of Terroir-Base (UTB); describe the behavior of vegetative and reproductive plants of Carignan according to the UTB; the recognition of the aromatic profile and the typicality of the wines from each identified UTB, and finally transfer the results of the project through the creation of a mapping layer, a catalogue of Units of Terroir-Based, interactive presentations and specific transfer activities.
Andrea León, from Lapostol winery, emphasized that “this seminar gives us an essential technical base to be able to know the heritage we possess from old vineyards, which are intuitively planted in a very correct way, and it gives us the data with all the technology of today; people knew how to do the same thing years ago. It is important to keep it in files and information databases. The Lapostol winery has supported and defended this vineyard that has projection in time, because everything has a purpose, and in this area the variety can be developed very well”, she explained.
For Fernando Olmedo, from the Miguel Torres winery, this seminar is essential because “we have been working with the Carignan Winegrowers, trying to build a project that will help us technically to have commercial arguments of differentiation of the wines that we are selling. We are in an initial stage and we believe that it can be a very important tool to differentiate wines that we make in the Maule Region with others that are made outside of the country”.
“These are the results of the first year of research and we think that is a great start because we're seeing what are the particular characteristics of each territory, as the Carignan project is the territorial rescue of an area that was neglected for years, and through these productions, we have put the identity on the brands of wine and that is relevant,” concluded Andres Sanchez, President the Carignan Winegrowers.
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