Situated just 400km south of Santiago, Chile where the steep hillsides are still worked by hand and horse you will find Rogue Vine. The winery is based in Itata Valley which is an old and almost forgotten viticultural valley with centenarian bush vines growing on pure granite soils.
The 2 revolutionaries in charge are American businessman Justin Decker and Chilean winemaker Leonardo Erazo. Leonardo is also the technical director of a top Mendoza winery Altos las Hormigas and has spent years working and studying viticulture in SA’s Swartland region.
According to Indigo, this partnership was created through their shared passion for terroir and sustainability whilst attempting to preserve the unique old vine wines of Itata. The philosophy of Rogue Vine is simply to capture a place and a moment in time – celebrating the old bush vines of the south.
Their portfolio started with the 2 Gran Itata wines, a white field blend of mainly Muscat and a red field blend of mainly Cinsaut. Mineral, fruit forward and with a fresh acidity, Gran Itata Rogue Vine’s entry label. Stepping up a level are the Super Itata wines; a voluminous lees-aged Sémillon-based white, and a lush red Cinsaut-Carignan blend. All the wines are vinified in old barrels or cement tanks and follow natural winemaking principles.