Chile is the fourth largest wine exporting countries in the world, renowned for its stable supply of high-quality wine products. There are eighteen wine producing regions in Chile, with a total length of nearly 1500 kilometers. The Itata Valley is located in the Ñuble region of Chile, 400 kilometers south from the capital Santiago. It is the northernmost of the three major wine producing regions in southern Chile and is also the most extensive winegrowing area, with over 10,000 hectares of vineyards. On November 20-21, five wineries from the Itata Valley of Chile held a master class and wine tasting event in Beijing, presenting the region's century old historical heritage - the flavor and culture of wine to the professional publi
The Itata Valley has a long tradition of winemaking, made unique by the Spanish colonizers who began planting crops in the valley more than four hundred years ago, before the outbreak of phylloxera. The vines are over a hundred years old and grow in a humid Mediterranean climate, where the proximity to the sea means that average temperatures are lower than in other valleys and therefore the grapes ripen slowly. With cool, windy summers and rainy winters, the soil here is sandy, granular and rich in minerals. The fertility of the soil enables the vines to produce fruit that is rich in aroma and flavor. The region is also well watered for dry viticulture, which eliminates the need for irrigation systems and avoids excessive water consumption. This is the natural environment of the Itata Valley, where the mountains and the sea, from the coastal shores to the intermediate depressions to the Andes, all contribute to the uniqueness of the wines of the Itata Valley, making them a valuable material and cultural heritage.
说到伊塔塔山谷的特色葡萄品种，不得不提到在智利被视为传统品种的派斯（País)葡萄，它是16世纪中叶由西班牙人引进的。如今，这个作为伊塔塔葡萄酒遗产重要组成部分的葡萄品种正在经历复兴。莫斯卡特（Moscatel）是伊塔塔最具代表性的白葡萄品种，早在殖民地时期就来到了智利。如今，在雨水灌溉条件下的种植面积约为 3100 公顷，主要用于生产干型和甜型葡萄酒。同时，伊塔塔山谷还是原产于法国的神索（Cinsault）葡萄品种的大面积种植地，它为伊塔塔地区的旱地葡萄栽培和小规模生产者的工作带来了非凡的价值。所有这些葡萄品种，再加上塞米隆（Selillon)、科林托(Corinto）和佳丽酿（Carignan）等其他葡萄品种，都能酿造出高品质的葡萄酒，给最挑剔的味蕾带来惊喜。
When it comes to the characteristic grape varieties of the Itata Valley, it is important to mention the País grape, considered a traditional variety in Chile, which was introduced by the Spaniards in the middle of the 16th century. Today, this important part of Itata's wine heritage, is undergoing a renaissance. Moscatel, Itata's most emblematic white grape variety, arrived in Chile during the colonial period. Today, it is planted on approximately 3,100 hectares under rain-fed conditions, mainly for the production of dry and sweet wines. At the same time, the Itata Valley is also the site of extensive plantings of the Cinsault grape variety, originally from France, which brings exceptional value to dryland viticulture and the work of small-scale producers in the Itata region. All these grape varieties, together with others such as Selillon, Corinto and Carignan, produce high quality wines that will surprise the most discerning palate.
The Itata Valley is also characterized by small, family-owned wineries that have been passed down through generations, respecting the environment, nature and the local people, all of which are an important part of the region's culture, history and heritage. Today's Itata Valley appellation can be characterized as a blend of traditional techniques and modern craftsmanship, with new vineyards popping up around the old ones, with endless potential to continue to explore and evolve. As renowned Master of Wine Tim Atkin says, Chilean wine is exciting, optimistic and forward-looking, but that doesn't mean it eschews tradition. I love what's happening in regions like Itata, Bío Bío, and Maule, where people are taking more and more care of the old vines, and planting and winemaking methods are returning to the classics."
On the afternoon of November 20, the Itata Valley Wine Masterclass and Wine Tasting event was held in Beijing, where importers, distributors, e-commerce platforms and KOLs were invited to attend the event. Five wineries on site introduced the history, nature, geography and humanities of the Itata Valley, as well as grape varieties and exports. The guests tasted the special wines of the wineries and had business negotiations with the wineries on the spot. On the 21st, the representatives of the wineries came to the China Wine Industry Association and exchanged views with the relevant leaders, and both sides expressed their hope to strengthen cooperation and promote trade and humanistic exchanges. After the meeting, the winery representatives also made a business trip to visit wine retail stores to understand the consumption habits and needs of the Chinese market.
Currently, Itata Valley exports 1,653,000 bottles of wine to the world every year, with the main destination countries being the U.S., China, Brazil, France, Canada, etc., and has harvested many favorable comments. It is believed that through this trip to China, Itata Valley wines can gain more attention and favor from Chinese consumers with the support of Chinese importers, distributors, media, associations and other friends.
来源：智利驻华商务处 2023-11-21 18:10 发表于北京