Huaso de Sauzal Chilena is a natural, wood-aged red wine made by El Viejo Almacen de Sauzal with the native País variety in the D.O. Maule, in the Central Valley, Chile.
Chilean agronomist Renán Cancino created El Viejo Almacen de Sauzal as a family project in the heart of the Maule Valley and named it after the place his parents and grandparents lived. This estate has its own identity that is characterised by being one of the few that survived the 2010 earthquake, and thanks to the way they have recovered ancient techniques, they have been able to champion the local wine tradition better than anyone.
Huaso de Sauzal Chilena comes from vines aged over 300 years old planted in granite soils. They are cultivated using ecological agriculture, with organic treatments instead of chemical products. The harvest is carried out manually at the optimum point of ripeness.
Huaso de Sauzal Chilena is vinified without any oenological intervention. To do this, once the grapes are destemmed, spontaneous fermentation begins in wooden presses, with no temperature control and no added yeasts. Finally the wine ages in old barrels for 12 months.
Made as a tribute to Chilean countrymen, called huasos, Huaso de Sauzal Chilena is a single-variety wine made traditionally with Chile’s star grape. A new generation ancient wine.