In his interesting and well documented book about the "History of Chilean Wine", the author, Jose del Pozo states that cultivation of grapes spread very fast in the region. In Mexico, it was cultivated since Hernán Cortés' time around 1520, following the Conquest of Mexico. It arrived later to Peru, where the names of Bartolomé de Terrazas and Francisco de Carabantes stand as the pioneers of vine growing in this country - during the decade of 1540. Carabantes formed the vineyard of TACAMA in the oasis of Ica, south of Lima, and which is the oldest in Peru. From there it spread to Chile and Argentina.” During the decade of the 1920's, TACAMA established its first contacts with French Technology, importing wine casks and hiring French technicians. This is the beginning of the vineyard renovation with the introduction of grapevines imported from France. This is the first effort to produce wines using modern technology. The Second World War put an end to this experiment, and it is only after 1958 that Read more »

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