At vidacycle we are about lifecycles and respecting the whole. We spend a lot of time caring for the land to ensure our vines and olive trees flourish and our fruits are full of flavour. We invite you to drink our wine and experience this wholeness.
Our small family farm is certified organic by IMO in Chile, but our approach is beyond organic. We practise something closer to Natural Agriculture blended with Permaculture ideas. The grapes ripen in the hot days, then rest in the cool nights as the sea breeze blows in. We also have started to make organic extra virgin olive oil from our olive trees, as well as the wonderfully bitter 'juice of life', verjus, made from the green grapes removed in the thinning process in early Summer.
Our hundred year old Pais vines are dry farmed (we never water them) and soak up the strong sun and elements in Chile, which ensures the rounded unique flavours of TINTE. We're a very small setup, we only have 2 hectares of vines and we currently make a few thousand bottles a year.
When the grapes have turned red we hand-harvest them, press them and store the juice in a mixture of small steel tanks and oak barrels. The unique pinky orange colour of our wine is formed at this point because we don’t add back in the red skins for the fermentation – although don’t expect a rose – the TINTE experience is a much more mineraly experience, akin to an orange wine. The natural yeast on the grapes starts the fermentation and we allow the grapes to ferment fully over about 12 months in one long cycle. This is truly a natural wine, no artificial yeast or sulphates are used to start/stop the fermentation process, it is allowed to finish naturally.
TINTE is the essence of the terroir, we spend a lot of time caring for the land so we have to do very little in the cellar.
- Certified Organic by IMO