The Maule region of Chile, similarly to Itata, has a very different feel to the winegrowing regions of the Central Valley. Here, old vines (200+ years old) planted on their own rootstocks abound. Being relatively close to the Pacific Ocean, the climate is influenced by its proximity, having a tempering and cooling effect on the vineyards.
González Bastías is the name of their town on the river Maule as well as the name chosen by José Luis Gómez Bastías and his wife Daniela Lorenzo Bürger to name their project. They farm, following biodynamic methods, 4 hectares of vineyards planted in the 1800s by José Luis’ family. Being close to the river, the soils are sedimentary over a granite bedrock and the main varieties they work with are País (aka Listán Prieto in Spain, Criolla in Argentina and Misión in California), Moscatel and Torrontel. The grapes are manually destemmed using a zaranda, an artifact still used by artisan winemakers in the Chilean southern regions. Winemaking is as traditional as it gets: fermentation in cement, ageing in old oak or clay amphorae, no fining nor filtration, and no additions of any type, including sulphites.