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04.08.2011

Vinography Images: The Wilds of Bio Bio

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The Wilds of Bio Bio
One of the wine regions I really wanted to visit, but didn't get a chance to while I was in Chile was Bio Bio. Several of Chile's wine regions are "frontier-like" but Bio Bio is very much a new frontier of cool-climate winegrowing. While I was in Chile I heard rumblings of top producers from Burgundy falling in love with the region, which seems poised to be a potential source of excellent Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and, in the case of the vines shown here, Chardonnay. -- Alder Yarrow

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Comments (4)

Rob wrote:
04.11.11 at 8:28 AM

Very frontier-like indeed! It looks like that vineyard was carved out of the forest. I love hearing about up-and-coming wine regions like Bio Bio - it sounds like an area to watch.

Matt wrote:
04.11.11 at 2:56 PM

I'm going to drop the name of the wine made here. The winery is Vina Aquitania and they make a fantastic Chardonnay and a wonderful Pinot noir. Both called "Sol de Sol"

04.11.11 at 3:14 PM

Alder, I guess you’re right.
The grapes from the “Sol de Sol” Chardonnay (Vina Aquitania), one of the best in Chile, are from the Malleco province; even further south than Bio Bio.
The climate in Northern Malleco (near Bio Bio’s southern border and around the towns of Negrete, Renaico and Traiguén) is almost perfect for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Soils, OTOH, are mostly heavy and water-retentive, with high clay content.

Matt wrote:
04.11.11 at 3:23 PM

Oopps Yes Peter is right here Alder. Apologies

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