- Itata, Chile
Rogue Vine is a project led by Leo Erazo— the winemaker for Altos Las Hormigas in Mendoza, Argentina— along with his partner Justin Decker. They make wines from two different subregions of the Itata Valley. All the vineyards are composed of hillside, dry-farmed bush-vines that are a minimum of sixty years old, with some older than three hundred. The soils are primarily composed of granite with a mix of clay and quartz. The winemaking is simple and employs native yeast, old barrels, no corrections, and minimal sulfur prior to bottling. Itata Valley’s viticulture is primarily practiced through horse plowing and hand farming.
Rogue Vine’s ethos is to promote the rich history of this long neglected and local farming community.