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Location and climate: 

Beneath luminous skies, refreshed by soft breezes from the Pacific Ocean, the wondrously fertile Limarí Valley lies adjacent to the most arid desert in the world, The Atacama. Thus, the Limarí Valley is a unique and privileged land. Blessed with an exceptional climate in a land of high mineral virgin soils free from contamination, it is strategically located in the foothills of the majestic Andes Mountains. There, Viña Tamaya has succeeded in achieving a perfect equilibrium between the combination of its varietal grapes and the character of its land. 

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Viña Tamaya is located400 km north of Santiago. The area has not traditionally been developed as a region for fine wine production (the first plantings of vines for fine wine production in the region were done in 1993), although this is rapidly changing and the area is becoming recognised for its extraordinary potential. The area is blessed with an ideal climate and perfect soils for grape growing. The piedmont area has granitic, rocky, clay soils that are very poor in organic material, while the flatland soils are clay with gravel subsoil; both areas are generally alkaline.

The region experiences very low average annual rainfall (80-100 mm) with a rain free spring and summer, which necessitates irrigation from the Andes glacial melt. This drip irrigation system is controlled by a specialised technical team and supervised by the winemaker. Average summer temperatures do not get very high (25°-30°C during the day and 10°-12°C at night), which means they harvest their grapes at least two weeks later than the Central Valley. It also results in exceptionally fruit driven, well-rounded, well-balanced wines. Ideal day/night temperature differences (±15°C-18°C) with over 300 days of sunlight per year. The area’s arid conditions ensures the fruit ripens easily without the risk of late summer or early autumn rains and there is also no risk of winter frost due to the maritime influence.

 

History:

“Tamaya” in the Diaguita dialect means high lookout, it is the name of the highest peak in the area and from there one can view the entire valley below. This peak is represented in their logo and on their labels. In the vineyards of Viña Tamaya vestiges of the ancient Diaguita culture that reigned in this area between the 8th and 15th centuries A.D. have been found. Among the outstanding archeological findings of the Limarí Valley are the “piedras tacitas” – rocks distinguished by a great quantity of holes worked into their surfaces.  These enigmatic holes are thought to represent the stellar constellations. 

Inspired by the Diaguita culture, the winery was named Tamaya. This young and daring company planted its first vines in 1997, built its winery in 2001, and launched its first commercial wine in 2002. In this way, it set the precedent of being the first vineyard to venture into a Chilean area that used to be exclusively dedicated to producing Pisco. 

 

Winery: 

The property, consisting of about 3,000 hectares, currently has 800 hectares planted, 163 of which are vines. The vines were planted in 1997 with the primary varieties of Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carménère, Syrah and Sangiovese. The land also produces citric fruits such as lemons, mandarins and oranges, as well as olives and avocados. The winery has a vinification and storage capacity of 1,585,890 litres (stainless steel tanks) as well as 350 oak barrels (90% French & 10% American).

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The winemaking team consists of José Pablo Martin, one of the most exciting young winemakers in Chile, with experience in top Chilean and French wineries.  He has recently been joined by Felipe de Solminihac, who will act as our consultant winemaker, bringing with him many years of winemaking skill and experience from around the world. 

Tamaya’s mission and philosophy is to produce high quality, Estate grown and bottled wines that are elegant and pleasant to drink and fully express the variety and terroir. They aim to create wines that are interesting and unique blends that offer the consumer different and original products that characterise Tamaya’s innovative way of thinking.

 

People:  

Winemaker: Mr. Jose Pablo Martin

Consultant winemaker: Mr. Felipe

Viticulturists:  Mr. Eduardo Silva and Mr. Lisardo Alvarez

Winemaker & Sommelier Assistant: Rodolphe Bordeau

Managing Director: René Merino B..

Commercial Director: Diego Callejas

Chief Winemaker: José Pablo Martin

Controller: Ricardo Sanhueza

Cellar Master: Isauro Aguilera

Quality Control: Noelfa Codoceo

 

Website: www.tamayawines.cl