Meet the Winemaker: Enzo of Pandolfi Price
We’d like to e-introduce you to a few of the winemakers Vegan Wines has partnered. They are so close to the heart of our mission of bringing you exceptional, naturally vegan wines!
This week, we're excited to introduce Enzo Pandolfi Price of Pandolfi Price vineyards and winery in Chile. We'll chat with him on Instagram Live
this Friday, May 29th at 7PM EST. Join us
(and send us your questions!) to get to know Enzo and these amazing wines a little better! This event has passed but you can view our interview in the video below!
When we arrived at the Pandolfi Price vineyard in the Itata Valley, we felt so at peace. Nature was so colorful, so beautifully untouched. Or maybe it was their adorable dog that came to greet us. Or both! We just knew that the feeling of this place was magical right when we arrived. Then Enzo Pandolfi came to take us on a tour of their estate, and that is when the magic really began…
Enzo started by sharing with us the family history of this lovely place on the north riverbank of the Larqui River. When they moved here in 2002, the land happened to have vineyards of dry-farmed Chardonnay and very old País grapes already planted. That was enough to get started! Today Pandolfi Price produces beautiful wines rated highly by James Suckling.
At Pandolfi Price, they practice what they call “Raisonne” agriculture, in which the focus is being as sustainable as possible regarding everything they do at the estate. They never follow recipes or flood the vineyards with chemicals, and they walk the grounds a lot, observing and evaluating the conditions – only acting when it’s strictly necessary. A large portion of the products used in the vineyard are natural microorganisms, so they do no harm to the environment. Pandolfi Price is also planning to install a photovoltaic energy generation plant in the estate that will supply as much as 70% of their energy, an investment that will help them to get closer to a carbon footprint of zero.
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvv_t_MHmWi/ At the beginning of our partnership with Pandolfi Price, we sent Enzo a few questions. This is one of our favorite responses:
Your wine is vegan. What sort of techniques or fining agents do you use for the fining and/or clarification process since you don't use animal products? What made you choose to avoid animal products? Is that important to you?
For some wines, we do not fine at all. The fining comes naturally during the aging process; using the passage of time and the temperatures of the season, the job is taken care of. For other wines, we use cold stabilization or synthetic products. We do not use animal-based products because we want our wines to be as pure and sustainable as possible. Using those sorts of consumables tends to take away part of that purity. But mainly we do not like them because of where they come from and the mistreatment and abuse that some animals have to go through to produce them.
Remember to join us on Instagram on Fridays for more of our Meet the Winemaker series!
We were supposed to be heading to Chile to re-visit some of our favorite wineries and vineyards, but due to COVID-19 we want to bring the winemakers and other great vegan influencers to you! Set a reminder to join us on IG Live to meet Enzo of Pandolfi Price on Friday at 7PM EST! You can find more details here. Follow Pandolfi Price on Instagram!
Try more of our Chilean wines! We've got three bottles of Pandolfi Price wines in our shop right now!
There are many reasons Vegan Wines creates partnerships with winemakers besides their amazing, naturally vegan wines. Veganism is not just what we eat, but who we are and how we care for the earth and other human beings. We hope that our ethics will become part of the greater wine industry's movement toward transparency.