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Here at Cono Sur we pride ourselves on our high quality, affordable wines. We are one of the world's most sustainable wineries, and allow nature's seasonal cycle to do the hard work, resulting in excellent wines. The changing seasons play an important role in the production of our wines, so we are always celebrating everything the seasons give us, from fresh fruit and veg to good wine. We love a zesty Sauvignon Blanc in Spring, a Pinot Noir matched with game in the Autumn, or a full-bodied Merlot with Christmas lunch to warm us up in the winter, there's a wine for every season and occasion.
Making the most of nature is at the heart of everything we do at Cono Sur, with some unusual practices in place to keep the winery in harmony with the environment. We have an army of over 1,000 geese who live (and work) on the estate in Chimbarongo, roaming freely around the vineyards during growing season to eat the bugs that would otherwise damage the vines. Thanks to their insatiable appetite, Cono Sur's grapes are grown without the need for spraying pesticides. Cono Sur also has some four legged friends to help out, with a herd of sheep roaming the vineyards to provide an organic solution to keeping the grass and weeds in check!
You'll also find beautiful wild flowers at the end of every fifth row in the vineyards - these aren't just decorative, they also attract bugs away from the vine when it is flowering, as at this time it is very susceptible to damage from pests.
Wherever you look on the Cono Sur estate, you'll find bicycles propped up against the walls and at the end of rows of vines - it's the way Cono Sur workers get to work and around the estate. As well as being a practical way to get around, it's good for the environment. Look out for the bicycles on bottles of Cono Sur wine - in fact, we're so keen on them we've named one of our wine ranges "Bicicleta," in honour of our employees and to represent our commitment to the environment.
With all our reliance on nature to help us produce the best wines, looking after the environment is very important to us, which is why Cono Sur is at the forefront of the sustainability movement. Cono Sur was one of the first wineries in the world to be certified carbon neutral in 2007. In 2010, Cono Sur was the first winery in South America, and the third in the world to gain accreditation measuring their carbon footprint.
As you can see, we are doing everything we can to make great wines in an environmentally friendly way!
'Superman. That's what Adolfo Hurtado is. This implausibly youthful, impossibly nice winemaker is an influential figure on the Chilean landscape with his long standing work at Cono Sur. He promotes drinkability over heft, consistently seeks out the best terroirs and crafts intense, elegant wines from them - all the while with an emphasis on sustainability and responsible production.' Decanter Magazine: Peter Richards, Master of Wine.
Cono Sur's Chief Winemaker Adolfo grew up expecting he would work in agriculture like his family on both sides before him, and then at university turned his hand to wine. His favourite things about the job are 'the passion of the team' as well as the innovative approach in developing new and unusual grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Riesling and Viognier. Adolfo has also experimented with growing vineyards in new, cool climate areas of Chile like Bio Bio and Casablanca, which he credits with bringing Cono Sur's signature fresh and elegant style.
Adolfo's favourite part of the job is that no day is normal! As chief winemaker he splits his time between the vineyards, the winery office and overseas trips to see export markets in other countries. And his favourite grape? That would be Pinot Noir, which he says 'is also the hardest to grow and make wine from, so when you get a good Pinot Noir that is something to be really proud of.'
Cono Sur is all about nature and the turning of the seasons, which is reflected in our winemaking and how we pair our wines with seasonal food. We've teamed up with top chef and author of 'The Allotment Chef' Paul Merrett to investigate which wines match the flavours and textures of each season's produce, advising you how to eat and drink more seasonally.
Sampling a range of seasonal dishes such as roasted rack of lamb with garlic and rosemary, char-grilled courgettes with mint & garlic, wild mushroom risotto and honey roasted parsnips, Cono Sur's Winemaking Manager Matias Ríos was joined by a panel of experts including BBC Good Food's Master of Wine Sarah Jane Evans, The Wine Gang's Jane Parkinson, Channel 4's 'The Cookery School' wine expert Ewan Lacey, and Saturday Kitchen's Master of Wine Peter Richards, to determine which wines work best with each season's fresh produce.
To find out which wine to match with a summery salad or a warming winter stew, check out Cono Sur's seasonal food and wine matching video
Cono Sur has long been a pioneer in the production of Pinot Noir and is now Chile's top producer of this elegant red grape variety, accounting for two thirds of Chilean Pinot Noir sold in the UK. Pinot Noir is not native to Chile and is also the hardest grape variety to grow there, but if given the right amount of care and attention can produce elegant, fresh and fruity wines. It has become the flagship grape of the winery with Pinot Noirs in the Bicicleta, Reserva Especial and 20 Barrels ranges.
Pinot Noir is a fantastic drinking wine that can be drunk throughout the year. Try it to accompany roast duck or game in autumn and winter, or enjoy it chilled in summer to bring out a lighter, fresher and fuller flavour - great to drink on its own, or to accompany seafood or vegetable dishes.