“THE WILD VINEYARD WINE”, VILLALOBOS, Colchagua
The Villalobos family estate is located close to the village of Ranguili and is entitled to Colchagua Valley appellation of origin. The vineyaris essentially Carignan as far as
anyone can ascertain, and was originally planted during the 1940’s and 50’s.
Villalobos vines have never been treated; indeed, the vines have always grown wild and free from any chemical processes for sixty years amongst native Chilean flora such as maitenes, rosehip, Culenes, pine trees, blackberry bushes etc.
In fact, the mission is the constant quest to produce a wine characterized by its unique qualities and the special Carignan variety, which had almost disappeared from Chile and is rarely found in this
particular region. The wine cellar was founded in the sculpture workshop of Enrique Villalobos, in the Artists Valley located in the Colchagua Valley. “The art of sculpture and the art of wine-making are intrinsically linked in the creation process; that is, the modification and intervention of substances offered to us by nature, which the artist may turn into a unique and particular
work of art.”
Given this context the winegrowers wish to distance themselves from the traditional industrial monoculture. Their main goal is to produce wines which reflect the seasonal conditions and qualities of the terroir, taking advantage of the organic and wild characteristic of the aged vines. This unique terroir allows them to harvest grapes which give the wine an aroma that is perfectly harmonized with the Chilean countryside.
The philosophy of Villalobos is based on absolute respect for the environment where the grapes are grown. Viticultural methods involve the use of draught horses and natural forms of herb control in order to keep the natural balance. Grapes are hand-harvested, since the vines grow amongst rosehip, blackberry bushes and other native plants, which makes the harvest a logistical challenge to say the least! Villalobos’ Carignan is neither filtered nor fined and nothing is added to the wine which is allowed to age slowly and naturally in French oak barrels. It is the colour of a dark rosé, there is no extraction or concentration, just clean, pretty lifted, almost graphite fruit supported by clean acids.