Located four hours from Santiago in Chile, Gonzáles Bastías is a village and an old train station of the last “Ramal” train of South America. It is also the name of this ancient vineyard, located in the dry coastal land of Maule, only 40km from the Pacific Ocean.
An iconic and somewhat hidden vineyard, Gonzáles Bastías produce both red and white wines in clay vessels, a technique which dates back in Chile 400 years. Famed for its biodynamic wines, the small, family-owned vineyard is operated by José Luis Bastías and Daniela Lorenzo. Currently, they produce around ten thousand bottles per year, a production that comes in its entirety from the four-hectares of vineyards of almost two hundred years of País and other Creole strains.
José’s family planted their four-hectare vineyard in the early 1800s, and they have been cultivating it ever since. Visiting the vineyard is like travelling back in time: to reach it, you must cross the Maule River by canoe from the local train station between Talca and Constitucion.
The wines from this unique property are some of the most individual expressions in Chile and are remnants of Chilean ancestry, which is in danger of extinction. The grapes are crushed manually using a Zaranda de Coligue and fermentations are done in open fermenters with native yeasts, to achieve pre-fermentation macerations.
Wines are produced with 100% País strain; País in Tinaja and Matorral. It’s the same process, but different aging. Gonzáles Bastías also produce two wines in co-fermentation, which show other highly valuable Creole strains. A small production that has caused great interest, is “Naranjo”—an orange wine which combines a white strain like Torontel with a pink strain, Pink Moscatel, and a small part of País juice. Production of this is limited to a thousand bottles a year.
Although Gonzáles Bastías remain small-batch with wines marketed to vineyard visitors and friends, dispatches are made internationally, imported and distributed by GFour, a wine importer and distributor of fine wines and spirits from all over the world to Asia.
Viña González Bastías is dedicated to the elaboration of Natural Wines, our vines are 200 years old and are located right by the majestic Maule river. This area is designated as the “
To learn more about the winery, visit www.vinosgonzalezbastias.com
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