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Farming wisdom passed down through the ages

For years we have worked in the Secano Interior with small farmers ploughing the vines & cultivating the land. They have dry-farmed the Secano for centuries, and not just the vineyards, but mixed farms of heritage seed wheat, free-range livestock, and local market gardening.

As Chilean wine exports have boomed over the last quarter century, it has grown increasingly difficult for these small growers to sell their grapes at a bonafide price. Large buyers want more for less. They would have the small modernise: spray instead of cultivate, scale instead of focus, and above all: reduce the cost of labour.

The labour is where you find the wisdom passed down through the ages: the fieldcraft.

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Living Patrimony– a crucial piece of the mosaic that is South American wine

At Garage Wine Co. we have always rebuffed the pushing aside of age-old fieldcraft and with it the wisdom of farming down the ages. We think proper farming is being undermined by speculation. Livelihoods and flavours are threatened not by so-called market forces, but by a deeply misguided disconnection.

We are not soft in heart nor head, we think the wine trade is stronger with the small farmers in it. These old-vines are a vital and compelling piece of the mosaic that is South American wine. These wines have been made since before Chile and or Argentina became countries!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the 2o17 bushfires these farms were the only firebreaks

In a world that wants more sustainably grown foods these farmers have a 400+ year head-start. Never was this more evident than in 2017 when we had devastating bushfires in Chile and a clear and present pattern emerged: the only firebreaks that stopped the spread of the flames were the small green cultivated farms of these vignerons.

 Making waves

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