Founded in 1998, Viña Falernia has built a reputation as a high quality winery. Owner Aldo Olivier Gramola created Viña Falernia with his cousin Giorgio Flessati, a seasoned winemaker from the Trentino region in Northern Italy. Located in the Elqui Valley, Falernia remains one of Chile’s northernmost wine estates at 530 km North of Santiago. The Elqui Valley provides natural advantages to the growing process including dramatic contrasts between night/day temperatures and high quality of light. Viña Falernia spans over 320 hectares of vineyards, with the territories being divided into 4 distinct vineyards. First, the Titon vineyard lies at an altitude of 350 meters above sea level, 18 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. The second and third sites, Puclaro and Pedregal respectively, move further into the valley and reach up to 560 meters above sea level. Finally, the fourth vineyard nestled in the Andes Mountains, Huanta, continues as one of the highest in the world at 2070 meters above sea level.
After the grapes had been picked by hand, they were immediately pressed (without crushing first), and then cold macerated for 12 hours at low temperature. The juice was clarified, stored on the lees for 72 hours then fermented in stainless steel tanks at temperature between 15-16ºC. Aging on the fine lees for 4/5 months with battonage and then blended, before finishing and bottling.
The Falernia Sauvignon Blanc has a brilliant yellow colour. The aromas are intense and are reminiscent of figs, elderflowers, grapefruit and sage. It has good flavours with citrus and melon notes, acidity and long crisp finish on the palate - it is a very opulent wine.
It works well with seafood and asparagus soup.