Updated 02:24 AM EDT, Fri, May 14, 2021

Chile Travel: Feast on the Freshest Seafood WhileSipping the Finest Wines in Aconcagua Valley

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Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Chile while feasting on the freshest of seafood and sipping the signature wine of Aconcagua Valley. The combination of hot weather and breezy air are known to create the best liquor drink that this South American country offers.

According to Daily Mail, the town of Zapallar has healthy looking, green vines which are planted on dried and cracked soil and are surrounded with rocks. The plantation is also loaded with dried grasses, which are scattered all over the place.

However, cacti are growing around the vines because of the drought in northern Chile, but fortunately, with the help of irrigation, the plantation is well watered. Zapallar, the Aconcagua Valley's wine region, is the place where Viña Montes cultured their vine for their Outer Limits wine which started in 2006.

"It's much drier up here in northern Chile and very windy as you can see. We're in an extreme climate -- it gets very cold and we even have frost. And water is a particularly big problem for us," Jorge Gutierrez, a winemaker, said.

Eduardo Chadwick, Vina Errazuriz's owner, planted vines for his personal project called Arboleda, which has an enormous, man-made reservoir that supplies enough water for the plantation. "The soil here is a mix of clay and granite," Gutierrez added.

"There's cooler climate from the coastal influence. The water shortage naturally controls the rigour of the vines so it's perfect for white wines and cool climate red wines," he continued.

Buenos Aires Herald reported the world's fourth largest wine producer is facing a problem with climate change. The winemarkers revealed that their vineyards are being destroyed by rising temperatures and unpredictable rains.

Wine merchants are looking for another way to save their crops, while some have even uprooted their wineries to a much cooler and wetter place in the south before the quality of their grapes wither. Winemaking has been the bread and butter of many in Chile, which started ever since the arrival of the first conquistadores, four and a half centuries ago.

However, if the hot temperatures continues to rise, it will be harder for the wine makers to maintain the growth of their grapes and it will be difficult for them to improve the quality in the entire country itself, as said by Miguel Torres, president of the Namesake Company and owner of about 400 hectares of vineyards in the country.

"You can continue to plant tomatoes, beans, etcetera, if temperatures rise, but not the grape varieties we have today," he added. According to him, they now must find another variety that can survive the heat and drought.

Watch this travel documentary in Chile where they search for the best wine in the country, by Wine Terroir Adventure:

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