Chilean wine growing: Unesco World Heritage?

Foto-per-editoriale_portaleChile is the only country in the world which boasts more than 200,000 hectares of vineyards that live on their roots, ungrafted, free from Phylloxera vastatrix and viruses transmissible by grafting, located at altitudes among the highest of our planet, so that they can be considered as heroic. These vineyards are mountainous and organic, thanks to the limited spreading of parasites and therefore low need for pesticide treatments.
The self-rooted Vitis vinifera is more resistant to drought, salinity, limestone, alkaline pH. It is less vigorous and promises a longer productive life. In Chile it provides harmonious, aromatic wines, rich in antioxidant and long-lived, internationally well-known, alongside with Pisco distillate.
The climate in which vines are grown in Chile is exceptional, because it is related to the wide latitude (from approximately 29 to 41 degrees south latitude), ranging from desert in the north (where Gabriela Mistral, who won the Nobel prize, lived) to cold-temperate in the south, positively affected by the winds which daily blow from the Andes to the Pacific Ocean and the other way around. The altitudes where these vineyards are located can exceed 2000 m, and therefore frequent changes in daily temperature are produced, up to 22°C, during the ripening of the berries.
The Fregoni quality index of vine was formulated in Chile, where it reaches the highest levels in the world.
Chilean wine-growing and art bear witness to the universal exceptionality and uniqueness of a cultural heritage that must be protected in the interest of all humankind through the acknowledgement and inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Article by Mario Fregoni

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