Tradition, innovation, and sustainability
“Chile really is a paradise to grow vines, not only because of the impressive and unique regionality, but also because of its natural climate conditions, with very dry summers, which makes Chile ideal for organic viticulture.” - Miguel Torres Maczassek, President of Miguel Torres Chile
Restoring Forgotten Grapes
País vines are the oldest in Chile, brought to the country over 500 years ago. With the influx of international grape varieties, País had fallen out of favour, and growers struggled to make a living. The Torres family were eager to restore this historic grape and so created a sparkling wine: Santa Digna Estelado. Their efforts were justly rewarded. Their País bubbly won best sparkling wine at the Annual Wines of Chile Awards for two consecutive vintages.
Seduced by Chile’s potential for high quality grape growing, the Torres family began acquiring vineyards in the Curicó Valley in 1979. Eager to embrace local winemaking traditions, but also use top-quality winemaking equipment, Miguel Torres Chile were the first to introduce stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels to the region. Continuous innovation is a concept that defines Torres. The winery places particular emphasis on creating projects that express the identity of a singular spot, vineyard or region that are unique and special.
Fighting for Fair-Trade
In 2010, one of the worst earthquakes of Chile’s history rocked the country. The Torres family wanted to help the local community, and thus began a series of social projects that number over 30 today. Committed to long-term change, the Torres decided to take a step further and certify their winery as Fair Trade with the Swiss certifier IMO. They also created the first Fair Trade association in Chile: the Asociación Chilena por el Comercio justo. All Torres suppliers are guaranteed a fair price for their grapes; sometimes up to three times more than the regional market price.
Cultivating an Organic Spirit
“More and more we are conscious that our decisions and choices have a great impact on our planet” asserts Miguel Torres Maczassek. The philosophy of Miguel Torres Chile is to maximize soil fertility and biological activity via natural means. The use of non-renewable resources are kept to a strict minimum, and synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are avoided in order to protect the environment and human health. The Torres family use the Global Reporting Initiative’s model to communicate their sustainability plan according to international standards.