Alchohuaz is a small village at the top of the valley, at altitudes of up to 2200 metres. From the start Alvaro and his son Patricio realised they needed some local expertise and brought in Juan Luis Huerta and his wife Helia Rojas ‘the most knowledgeable couple in northern Chile’. The next partner in this highly ambitious project is Chile’s most experienced artisan winemaker Marcelo Retamal. Reta has worked with over 350 vineyard sites in Chile, and was hugely excited about the potential of the unique granitic and volcanic soils of Alcohuaz, with a high mineral content, extreme day and night temperatures and very little rainfall.
Grus is named after a constellation visible above the Elqui Valley, whose clear skies are prized by stargazers. It’s a blend of Syrah, Garnacha, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot, grown at over 1700 metres altitude, where the grapes become fully ripe without losing their refreshing acidity. They have some pretty unique wines from a unique place - true mountain wines. Viva Chile!