With a length of roughly 4,300 km and a width that usually averages 180 km, Chile is, per se, a country of contrasts. To the north it borders with the world's driest desert, the Atacama; to the east stands the majestic Andes mountain range; to the west, the vast Pacific Ocean and to the south, beyond the ancient glaciers of the Andes, it borders with Cape Horn and Antarctica. These extraordinary characteristics are the ones that, together, transform this country into a true phytosanitary island, completely isolated from potentially harmful and/or contaminant agents.
It is interesting to note that with its peculiar configuration, Chile presents unique conditions for growing grapes. Its mountainous terrain divides the territory into small transverse valleys, each with a particular microclimate. For example, those valleys close to the coast are influenced by fresh air from the Pacific Ocean, thus making them ideal for growing white grapes. On the other hand, those valleys that are closest to the Andes, like ours (Cachapoal), have significant temperature swings between day and night, hence creating ideal conditions for premium dark grapes and particularly, for our specialty: Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
Our Single Vineyard Tremonte Estate is settled into the slopes and ledges of Monte Rekewa which is the first major elevation of the Coastal Mountains looking east to west towards the Andes Mountains. It is situated on the southern extreme of the Cachapoal Valley, bordering the Colchagua Valley. The Cachapoal Valley is dotted with several high-quality boutique wine producers.
The Tremonte Estate has rocky, piedmont soils making it ideal for the production of expressive, concentrated wines. Precipitous slopes of 45° to 51° create slower maturation and lower water retention resulting in the production of smaller, more concentrated grapes. It is an extreme vineyard which fluctuates from 300 to 500 meters above sea level.
The weather is delightful throughout the grape maturing months, with temperatures that hover around 30°C in the day time and dip down to 14°C at night (even cooler on the higher slopes). The refreshing afternoon Andean breeze helps to keep temperatures from soaring.
The grape varieties planted on the Estate are Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah and Viognier.
We also have a small production of avocadoes, mandarins and oranges for our guests to enjoy!