Top 10 extraordinary vineyards
25th July, 2016 by Lauren Eads
7. Undurraga, Chile Chico vineyard and Casa Silva’s Lake Ranco vineyard, Patagonia, Chile
Undurraga’s Chile Chico vineayrd
The relatively untouched region of Patagonia, at the southern most tip of South America, is one of the newest and least explored wine regions in the world. Shared by Argentina and Chile, the region comprises the southern section of the Andes mountains as well as the deserts, steppes and grasslands with two coasts; a western one towards the Pacific Ocean and an eastern one towards the Atlantic Ocean. Patagonia is much cooler than the more northern wine regions Chile and Argentina, both countries, making it perfect for the cultivation of cooler climate grapes such as Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Chile’s most southerly vineyard is owned by Undurraga and is located 1,250 miles south of Santiago. At 46 degrees latitude, the planting – which is in the Chile Chico region – is 1 degree further south than Central Otago. This makes it not just Chile’s most southerly vineyard, but the most southerly planting in the world, according to its head winemaker, Rafael Urrejola. Chile Chico (Spanish for Little Chile) is a town in General Carrera Province, Aisén Region, Patagonia, Chile.
Casa Silva however holds the title of most southerly planting in commercial production, with its Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot vineyards on the shores of Patagonia’s Lake Ranco, 600 miles south of Santiago at 40 degrees latitude.
Further north, on the easter side of Patagonia, lie the Argentine winemaking provinces of