Region: Itata Valley — Chile
The Itata region is in the north of Chile and the first vines were put down by Spanish settlers over 100 years ago. Gustavo Martinez has access to some of these old plot and since 2015 has endeavoured to produce wines with no chemical adjustment that showcase the quality of these sites.
Gustavo found the ancestral method a great way to jazz up Moscatel—a grape that’s deeply rooted in Itata’s culture, and in the right hands, makes an immensely refreshing and vibrant wine. Kilako in native Mapudungun means 'agua de quila,' water from the Chusquea, a perennial bamboo endemic to Chile and Argentina that grows in humid forests. This wine speaks loudly from where it grows—a hot and difficult place that, when understood, can produce singular and expressive wines.