Miguel Torres Chile
This is the Torres Group's winery in Chile, founded in 1979 when they acquired their first 100 hectares in the Maquehua region of the Curicó Valley, part of the Central Valley. Recognising the country's potential, they were the first foreign wine producer to become established in Chile and introduced stainless steel tanks for fermentation and French oak barrels of maturation. They are also the largest fair trade winery in Chile, holding Fair for Life certification. Today there are about 400 hectares of certified organic vineyards planted on different sites, each with there own microclimates and soil types. As well as their estate in Curicó , they have vineyards in other Chilean regions (Maule Valley, Itata Valley, and Patagonia) and also buy in grapes from other growers. Torres continues to innovate and are leading proponents of Chile's ancient Pais grape variety. Torres spent years searching for a site with slate soils and in 2000 they found and acquired the 364 hectare Fundo Empedrado estate in the Maule Valley, 180 kilometres south of Curicó. The piedra laja terroir there is akin to the licorella soils of Priorat, where some of the most thrilling wines in the world are made, and here Torres have planted low-yielding Pinot Noir, a variety which has never been planted in this type of ground before in Chile. All this makes for a wide portfolio of exciting wines, which are exceptionally well priced.