The Maule wine region sits roughly in the center of Chile’s long reach from North to South, and is one of the oldest sites of viticulture in the country. In my opinion it contains one of the world’s great viticultural treasures: lots of little pockets of ancient, dry-farmed, bush vines of Carignane, some of them more than 100 years old. These vines are gradually being rescued from near death and neglect by winemakers who are using them to make some of Chile’s most exciting wines. The vines shown here in the fading light of the sunset aren’t examples of these old ones, but they are no less beautiful. — Alder Yarrow
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