Posted: Feb 21, 2019
Chile’s Santa Carolina is attempting to recover old grape varietals.
Red Burgundies may be the heavy-hitters driving the most insane prices at wine auctions, but in the end, they’re almost all made with the same variety of grape: Pinot Noir. If you really want to try something that’s hard to get your hands on, the Santa Carolina winery in Chile has recently discovered something much rarer: a vine of Plant de Chaudefonds — reportedly believed to be the only example of the grape variety grown outside of France and one of only three plants known to exist in the entire world.
“A core portion of our R&D projects is recovery of old grape varietals and vineyards,” Santa Carolina explains on its website. Specifically, the winery has a plot of grapes known as the “Chacra Centenario” in its vineyard in Totihue. According to The Drinks Business, this block has 14 rare grape varieties from the “pre-phylloxera” days that the brand has been working to restore, and all but one had been identified. Now, the background of that final mysterious vine has been uncovered: Plant de Chaudefonds 53, a red grape variety that apparently originally comes from Chaudefonds-sur-Yaon in the Loire in France.
“The discovery belongs to the renowned French ampelographer Jean-Michel Boursiquot,” Santa Carolina continues. “This finding evidences the criticality of this recovery project, not only for Santa Carolina, but for global winemaking.”
The winery says that for now, the rare grape variety is being reproduced by one of their teams so that further research can be conducted, but — as any good winemaker should — they’re already thinking about whether it can be used to make wine. Santa Carolina says they plan to “evaluate its potential and possible vinification in a few years.” So it doesn’t sound like we’ll be seeing any bottles soon, but a few years down the road is definitely more interesting than never.
By Mike Pomranz
February 20, 2019
Go-Wine's mission is to organize food and beverage information and make it universally accessible and beneficial. These are the benefits of sharing your article in Go-Wine.com
Professional consulting to the Food and Beverage industry.www.winebusinessacademy.com
The Wine Thief Bistro & Specialty Wines is a locally owned small business in downtown Frankfort, IL offering world class wines in a relaxed, casual gathering spot for friends and family. Offering world class virtual tastings and touchless carryout.https://www.twtwineclub.com/aboutus
Go-Wine 25 Great Wineries in US selection prioritizes quality, value and availability.www.go-wine.com/great-wineries-in-america
Tasting wine is a nice experience, but visiting the places in which wine is made is a magic moment. Available in New York City for touchless pickup.