Producing one of the world’s most sought after wines, Pinot Noir is among the most challenging varietals to grow. Veramonte first planted Pinot Noir in the late 1990s convinced its climate and estate grounds were ideal to grow this finicky varietal.
In its quest to produce world class Pinot Noir, Veramonte partnered with highly acclaimed American winemaker Paul Hobbs, recognized producer of prized California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. He is credited with introducing night harvesting, wild-yeast fermentations and extended cold soak time to the cellar. Over the last 10 years, the winery also implemented leading viticulture and production techniques from top Pinot Noir producing regions and winemakers around the world.
On the Veramonte estate, 65 acres are planted to Pinot Noir, including 5 acres organically farmed. Clonal selections include Dijon 777 and 115. The vines are densely planted at 2,000 vines per acre and managed to one cluster per shoot, yielding fewer than four tons per acre. The vineyards enjoy a variety of sun exposures and canopies are managed carefully to avoid sunburn and create even ripening.
|Opening in 1998, Veramonte is a striking, modern facility designed by one of Chile’s leading architects, Jorge Swinburn. It houses the latest technology in gravity-based fermentors, ultra-modern stainless steel tanks and high efficiency bottling lines. Built for small-lot wine production, the facility ensures individual vineyard blocks can be fermented and aged separately prior to final blending – allowing winemaking to create authentic, vineyard expressive wines.
Veramonte was founded as a vineyard-based winery whose mission is to produce high quality wines that accurately, authentically express varietal characteristics via Chile’s unique terroirs -- the combined environment of soil, topography, climate and people. Our commitment to nurturing the ties of every wine to its soil or ”sense of place” reflects a dedication to produce terroir expressive wines.