On Saturday March 19th, CUP Santiago Spring 2011 students visited Viña San Esteban near Los Andes, Chile. This vineyard is unique due to its close proximity to the Andes mountains and high altitude. It is best known for its red wines, such as Syrah, Carmenére and Cabernet Sauvignon, although it is able to grow grapes for white wines such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc due to its location close to the Aconcagua River.
Students participated in the grape harvest or vendimia by cutting Syrah grapes. They were accompanied by vineyard workers and local agronomy students who answered questions about the grapes and the harvesting process.
Everyone then hiked up to see some petroglyphs that were made by the Aconcaguan indigenous group sometime between 1000 and 1400 AD and the Incans between 1400 and 1530 AD.
After a break for snacks, students learned about the wine-making and aging process.
Check out the slideshow of pictures below!