After 150 years & compiling Spain’s most impressive portfolio of real estate in the country – you’d think the Torres Family might rest on their laurels – but they’ve been on an ambitious tear of late. We’ve been happy to play a small part in the past year – offering their 95-point gold medal winning Albarino as well as their sensational 92-point, $15 Rioja. But, today’s offer is something new all together.
This one, from Drink International’s “Most Admired Brand in Europe” comes courtesy of South America, where the Torres Family forever changed the wine industry in Chile more than 40 years ago. For those keeping score, that’s a full decade ahead of the Rothschilds of Lafite with their Las Vascos investment.
When the family announced their intentions to build a wine program unlike any that had ever been built before in the history of Chile, few would have even been able to comprehend what they were dreaming up.
The winery was built, tucked away in the oasis that is Chile’s Central Valley on the West Coast between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains. All of their wines are certified organic and vegan, but their dedication to the land and proper viticultural methods goes even further than virtually anybody else. The property has an array of free roaming animals that assist in the fertilization of the soil. Ducks, rodents, rabbits, horses and mules, and some larger predators that like to make the occasional visit.
The winery also keeps up with the rare Torres Family tradition of fair trade practices, becoming the first in the Southern hemisphere to do so. They were also the first to introduce stainless steel wine aging in the region as well as the introduction of French Oak, two fermentation techniques that forever changed Chilean wine.