Over millions of years the fury of Chile’s volcanoes has created valleys with exceptional soils that are ideal for agriculture. These forces of nature have formed rare and remarkable terroirs suitable for growing vines with a distinctive volcanic origin.
The unique added value of Chile’s geography was the inspiration for Bodega Volcanes de Chile. Our mission is to create wines that are singularized by the quality of the grapes grown on these volcanic soils.
Bodega Volcanes sees itself as one the great pioneers in the Chilean wine industry by venturing into this new form of viticulture. We are committed to producing high quality, distinctive wines that express the hidden secrets of this unique terroir.
A land of volcanoes
The Andes Mountain Range, stretching over 7,000 kilometres between deserts, prairies, lakes and forests, is dotted with hundreds of volcanoes that have directly influenced the nature of Chilean agriculture and given rise to an infinite number of soils suitable for viticulture.
Volcanic material has been dispersed by the rivers that flow from the Andes Mountain Range in the east as far as the Coastal Mountain Range in the west, from the Aconcagua valley in the north down through the Maipo, Rapel, Curicó, Maule and Bío Bío valleys as far as the Araucanía Region in the south.
Phases of the project
The Bodega Volcanes de Chile project has been based on three phases or steps aimed at producing fine wines that embrace the concept of volcanic terroir.
The three phases correspond to the different locations where we cultivate our vines between the Coastal Mountains Range in the west and the Andes Mountains Range in the east. The morphology and soil composition of these valleys are the result of tectonic plate subduction over millions of years.
These vineyards are located between the Coastal Mountains Range and the intermediary valleys where there was once volcanic activity. Over time the volcanic arc has shifted eastwards from the Pacific Ocean towards the Andes Mountains Range. This has created terroirs that are characterized by intrusive igneous rocks, lending an intense minerality to the grapes. This type of terroir can be found at our Cauquenes and Lomas de Leyda Estates.
We identified volcanic terroirs between the Coastal Mountains Range and the foothills of the Andes. These terroirs contain ancient volcanic deposits and more recent volcanic influences originating from the high Andes. Our La Higuera estate in Alto Maipo and the Alhué vineyard, 150 kilometres south of Santiago are part of this phase of the project.
We are currently working on the third phase of the Bodega Volcanes project and have planted vines at the base of one of Chile’s most imposing volcanoes. Our aim is to create wines with an intense volcanic influence characterised by flavours, aromas and textures that are completely different, complex and unique.