One of Chile’s most progressive independent producers, Vina Tabali is located six hours North of Santiago by car in the up-and-coming cool climate Limari Valley.
Founder Guillermo Luksic was the first person to plant vines in Limari in 1993. Since then the region has established itself as one of the country’s more interesting microclimates for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah. The Limari Valley sits at 700 feet elevation just southwest of the Atacama Desert, which is the driest place on Earth (no recorded rainfall in history), and begins five miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. Soils here are alluvial, with large amounts of limestone present (a rarity in Chile).
All Tabali wines are estate grown and sourced from one of the winery’s three vineyards. Tabali Vineyard and El Espinal Vineyard sit close to the winery in the heart of the valley, and Guillermo’s new Talinay vineyard marks the valley’s extreme Western edge. Although the Limari Valley sits relatively close to the equator for a wine region and experiences intense UV light, summertime highs here rarely top 80 degrees thanks to the cooling effects of constant, intense, Humbolt current based wind and daily fog. Precipitation is almost nil, frost is unheard of. Combined these factors make the growing season here the longest and most drawn out in the world among fine wine regions (June harvests are a reality). The resulting slow ripening produces wine with staggering depth and detail.
The winery itself is gravity flow, ecologically designed, mostly outdoors, and located at the base of a dried creekbed. Rising star winemaker Felipe Muller allows Limari’s unique terroir to shine by practicing minimal intervention in both vineyard and cellar.