When we went to Chile we rented a 4x4 with a tent on the roof so we could roam freely in search of guys like Leo Erazo. Leo has been making wine for a very long time. He was employed at large wineries where he learned exactly what he did not want to do. Then he started working with the person who would become his mentor and best friend, Pedro Parra. Together they worked on some very cool natural wine projects in Argentina and Chile. After a few successful projects with partners, Leo decided to start his 100% solo wine project, A Los Viñateros Bravos, which is a tribute to all the brave winemakers.
Philosophy: Leo farms organically, obviously. To avoid carbon emissions and toxins in the vineyard he tills with use of a horse. His vineyards are dry farmed, meaning there is no irrigation. In the winery the juice spontaneously ferments in cement. The wine goes unfined and unfiltered (except a large mesh filter to get out grape skins and such) and goes sulfur free until bottling.
Vineyard Size1.5 hectares
Total Winery Production2000 cases
Average Yieldreally low