In 1918 Aniceto Verdi arrived in Chile from his native Italy with the intention of fulfilling a lifelong dream, to cultivate grapes, and produce wine. This dream was the principal reason for his voyage to Chile, a country that even in those years , was already known for the quality of its soil, its temperate climate, and excellent wine. Once in Chile, Aniceto chose to settle with his family in Chile´s Central valley and within a short time Aniceto was producing and selling wine from his home, in unlabelled bottles. But all around were familiar with his wines known as Casa Verdi.
The great Central Valley, integrated by the Curicó, Maule and Colchagua Valleys, where a mild Mediterranean-type climate and varied soils offer superb conditions for growing numerous varieties of the same noble grapes that are cultivated in Europe. The narrow Central Valley lies between the snow-capped Andes and the cold coastal currents of the South Pacific. Long, dry summers with radiant days and cool nights help grapes attain their maximum potential for color, aroma and flavor.
This vineyard is north of the Curico Valley in the Colchagua Valley, renowned for its full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The Colchagua Valley has hotter summers but with constant cooling breezes from the coast and more temperate winters. The dark loam soil in the flatter areas of Lolol vineyard is deep, sprinkled with gravel and round stones in lower depths. On the hillsides, the soil is also deep loam, strewn with jagged colluvial stones. These are excellent soils for the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that are cultivated on all 22 hectares of vineyard.
Because the Maule Valley is farther south than the Curico Valley, and because our vineyards are closer to the Andes, the climate is cooler and rainier in the winter and summers are less intense. The rocky alluvial soils are relatively shallow, composed of loam and clay. These conditions enable our viticulturists to craft excellent, aroma-driven white wines as well as red wines with moderate alcohol content and exceptional aromatic intensity.
Our main producers vineyard is in the Lontue River watershed, part of the Curicó Valley, which has burgeoned since the 1970s into a prestigious producer of internationally recognized wines. The vineyard is 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the Pacific and 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the Andes. The influence of the ocean and the mountains results in the markedly lower night temperatures that high-quality grapes require. This day-night temperature fluctuation has a positive effect on the development and maturation of aromas and polyphenols in our grapes. Although the summer sunshine is intense, cool afternoon breezes from the ocean contribute to the gradual maturing process that gives grapes the best color and fragrance. >More that 300 hectares of vineyards spreading out below a high, steep hillside. (1 hectare = 2.2 acres.) The vineyard is irrigated with waters brought from the high Andes by canal. Rainfall, almost all in the chilly winter, averages 600 milliliters (23.6 inches) a year. In addition to ideal climate conditions that enable optimal ripening of the fruit, our grapes are cultivated in various types of soils, which help define the specific characteristics of each of our wines.