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Published: February 4th 2015
After lunch at Casas del Bosque, we proceeded to our second winery tour of the day, at Vina Emiliana.
Emiliana leads the way in establishing new standards for fully organic wine.
Although they have extensive rows of vines that extend to the far away hills, white wine varietals mostly again, there is no production taking place. Instead this is where new innovative and progressive methods are tested and established.
Although there is a nice wine shop in the main building, it is mostly a reception hall for private events, and not a functioning winery.
The entrance to this winery already differs from others in the abundance of flowers dividing the rows of grapes. Planted specially to sustain the beehives that are carefully maintained on the grounds. They serve a double purpose by having the proceeds from the sale of their honey benefit programs like schools for the vineyard workers’ children.
Additional alternative organic methods include the chickens that are transported amongst the various areas of the vineyard daily for bug control. Their eggs are also sold for the benefit of the social programs established at the winery.
One more product that is used
for this purpose is the wool from the Alpacas that are used to trim the grass between the rows of grapes.
This tour was mostly educational insofar as informing the visitors of all steps being taken to produce outstanding, chemical free wines.
The tasting afterwards was unique as we were given a variety of wines produced at some of the other sister vineyards. We chose mostly red wines, except for a Chardonnay from grapes grown at Emiliana, and chose to pair the wines with chocolate.
Although the setting for our tasting was not as plush as the one we enjoyed at Casas del Bosque, the outdoor table was comfortable, and the tasting itself was an indulgence.
I found the whole experience extremely instructive.
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