Producer

Miguel Torres

Country

CHILE

Region of production

Founded

1979

Climate

Mediterranean, with cooling breezes from the Andes Mountains

Soil composition

Curicó vineyards: volcanic, clay loam, sandy loam, and stony parcels Maule vineyards: clay loam, and slate parcels

Vineyard

Over 600 hectares planted on six sites; with a further 200 hectares of land for future plantations, and two properties in Patagonia.

Agriculture

Organic

Production Volume

Varieties Grown

Cabernet Sauvignon , Carmenere Noir, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer , Merlot, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Pinot Noir , Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Viognier

Ages of Vines

Wide range, from recent plantings to 100-year old vine stocks.

Behind the Wines

Miguel Torres Maczassek

In 2010, Miguel Torres Maczassek, 5th generation of the Torres winemaking dynasty, moved to Chile to head up the family’s vineyard holdings. A passion for the land, as well as its people, led him to restore forgotten grape varieties and ensure growers of them were paid fair prices wages. Marrying tradition, innovation, and sustainability is fundamental to the The Torres’ Chilean winemaking philosophy. Miguel will always feel a special bond with the Curicó Valley, where 2 of his 3 children were born.

Tradition, innovation, and sustainability

After their Penedès winery was nearly lost to bombings in 1939 during the Spanish Civil War, the Torres family began to search for vineyards elsewhere. Forty years later, their dream became a reality. In the Curicó Valley, the Torres found an ideal climate and terroir. They were the first foreign producer to invest in Chile, and remain a major force, dedicated to high quality, sustainable winemaking.
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“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.

Embracing Innovation

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.

 

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