Rogue Vine, Los Amigos Itata
The wine maker, Rogue Vine, applies a concept called Reverse Winemaking to their craft: they decide what wine they want to make first and then they have to find the right place to grow the vines. Rogue Vines rediscovered the old and forgotten region of Itata, first planted with bush vines in 1551. Many of the vines today are over 100 years old, and thrive on the steep slopes, which need no additional irrigation. These vines add a sense of origin, balance and personality to the wines produced. High in the granite hills, the area went out of favour in preference to huge, commercial wineries on the planes of central Chile. Revitalized by Rogue Vine and their band of Los Amigos from typically small vineyards, Itata is becoming the talk of Chile once again.