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Pedro Parra y Familia had always been a dream for Pedro Parra, but it was an inspirational trip to Barolo that spurred him to realize his dream.
His dream? Simple, to make pure, terroir driven wines from granitic soils. To make wines that he likes to drink and to be free to create wines from several terroirs. The location? His home, near the city of Conception in Bio Bio, Chile. Even though viticulture was started in the area by the Spaniards over 2 centuries ago, Pedro was frequently told that it was not a suitable place to make wine. How wrong could those people be?
Pedro is a highly respected and sought after terroir consultant. He has a PhD in terroir from the Paris Centre of Agriculture. He has spent the last 15 years exploring terroir and consulting for other wine makers in various countries around the world including Canada, Chile, Argentina, Italy, France and Armenia.
Pedro takes inspiration from the vignerons who make wine in the lesser known places in the world, such as Galicia (Spain) and Morgon (France) but have a long tradition in viticulture.
All the vineyards from which Pedro sources his grapes are located in Southern Chile, 400km from Santiago. The soils are a mix of Schist and Granite and are over 200 million years old. The youngest vines are 30 years old from vineyards in Cauquenes and the oldest are 120 years old and are located in Bio Bio.
Pencopolitano is based on 3 main characteristics : red granitic soils, non irrigated and old vines. The grapes comes from 4 different vineyards, 2 in Cauquenes and 2 in Bio Bio. The vines are 45 – 90 years old. It is a blend of Malbec, Syrah, Carmenere, Carignan, Cinsault and Pais.