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Meet the Winemaker: Loreto of Nerkihue Wines!

Meet the Winemaker: Loreto of Nerkihue Wines!

We’d like to e-introduce you to a few of the winemakers that Vegan Wines has partnered with because they are so close to the heart of our mission of bringing you exceptional, naturally vegan wines!  This week, we're excited to introduce Loreto Arteaga of Nerkihue Wines in Chile. We chatted with her on Instagram Live – you can watch the full video below!

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Nerkihue is a family-owned winery located in Lolol, Colchagua Valley. The vines here grow on very steep hills with shallow grounds that benefit from the ocean breeze, creating wines that are elegant, fresh, and aromatic. All of their labor is done manually by families from Lolol to maintain the local identity of their wines. Nerkihue’s production is limited, with little to no intervention in order to reflect the purity of the terroir. Their 2016 Quiebre Syrah, which is available in the Vegan Wines shop, is a modern wine that seeks to be different and stand out with its aromas, freshness, and flavor. The Quiebre is able to speak for itself without any alteration to its spirit. We'd also suggest that you try their 2017 Quiebre Malbec! Vegan Wines visited this vineyard during our wine tour through Chile, and we are excited to speak with Loreto again on Friday and introduce all of you!

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While we were in Chile, we visited Nerkihue to have a traditional lunch and wine tasting with the two owners, the vineyard master, and Loreto at their family vineyard. The owners of Nerkihue are a brother and sister team who use a percentage of their fathers’ grapes to make their own wines. Their father is known for his highly acclaimed blends and use of traditional one-use French oak barrels. The siblings’ dream was to make wines the way that they like them and the way that many millennials prefer their wines. These days, I'm personally seeing more and more demand for single-variety wines made in neutral five- to six-use barrels. This generation says they want to taste the character of the grapes in their wines without the flavor being masked by the influence of new oak barrels. This particular vineyard that we visited is located on steep hills so hand-picking is very challenging during the harvest. We were lucky enough to visit during the first day of winemaking here! We saw women sorting grapes – deciding which were good enough to go into the machines that then separate the clutter from the grapes. We also met two great dogs that loved to have their bellies rubbed! We'll continue these chats on IG Live. Join us to meet more winemakers and ask your questions! Check out Vegan Wines Events!

Read more: Our Wine Tour of Chile

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Try these Chilean wines for yourself! We've got two bottles of Nerkihue 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.