In the Casablanca valley, a lone tree is surrounded by young Cabernet Sauvignon vines, just emerging from their protective covers. The first plantings of Cabernet (or anything else for that matter) in Chile were traditionally on the flat, easy-to-farm land, but increasingly ambitious winemakers are pursuing hillside vineyards. That is, when they have access to the water to do so. At this point, the water rights to irrigate this vineyard probably cost more than the land itself. -- Alder Yarrow
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