Wines born by the river

access_time 2020 · 09 · 03

Although wine regions need some basic elements as the perfect mix of sunshine, soil and water, there are other aspects that contribute to wine’s quality. One, of course, is the human factor (from winegrowers to winemakers). But going back to nature, the riverbanks that cross wine valleys are a factor of great influence.

But we are not talking about the aesthetic influence on the landscape -although it may be a plus for wine lovers considering that you could enjoy a beautiful view with your tasting experience- but its great impact on the climate. When vineyards are located near big bodies of water like the ocean, lakes or rivers, these give a higher humidity to the environment that helps to regulate the temperature changes. Because liquid water keeps its temperature longer than air, rivers perform as heat reservoirs and cooling agents.

When the climate conditions are too warm, the grapes ripe quicker and the sugar content rise, so the grapes must be harvested before. While when the conditions are too cold and the grapes don’t ripe enough, the sugar content is low and the acidity remains high, so the harvest has to be later. This explain how hard it is to cultivate vineyards in places where the weather changes all the time. And is the reason why big bodies of water are so beneficial for winegrowing. Also, the sunshine’s reflection in the water helps the grapes to ripe slowly keeping its acidity. This is vital because when winegrowers get the right combination of sugar and acidity, this allows a finished wine to taste balanced.

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Ucuquer Vineyard located on the south bank of the Rapel River.

This is the case of famous European wines from the Ribera del Duero in Spain, Duoro in Portugal or the Mosel area in Germany, just to name a few. And where the rivers create microclimates that have a direct influence in the vineyard that surrounds them. As also happens in Chile with the Gran Reserva Serie Riberas wines.

When vineyards have such a privileged location, this makes wines way more balanced. This knowledge was the origin of this brand where each variety is associated to different riverbanks in Chile. Coming from the banks of Tinguiririca, Rapel, Cachapoal and Loncomilla, Gran Reserva Serie Riberas has six varieties whose characteristics are determined by the influence of this rivers. Fresh wines with a great concentration of fruit and personality.

Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Chadonnay 2018 and Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Sauvignon Blanc 2018 are the only white varieties and they come from the Ucuquer Vineyard located on the south bank of the Rapel River and close to its mouth in the Pacific Ocean. Thus, these vineyards also receive the sea breeze that is reflected in the freshness of these wines.

In reds, Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  and Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Malbec 2018 come from vines located on the south side of the Tinguiririca River, also in a coastal area with clay soils and rich in minerals, offering vibrant expressions within red wines that are produced in Colchagua.

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Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Syrah 2018 its originated on the alluvial soils of the banks of the Loncomilla River in the Maule Valley,

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while Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Carmenere 2018 is harvested in Peumo, probably the best terroir for this grape variety in Chile and the world, on the banks of Cachapoal River.

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All these wines are shaped by the Chilean rivers, which give to the grapes a broad and complex aromatic profile. But at the same time, regardless of each vintage, these is a high quality and consistent labels. Without a doubt, stunning labels to add to your cellar.

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