After moving to the Elqui Valley, 300 miles north of Santiago, Aldo Olivier Gramola planted one of Chile’s most northern vineyards in 1975. On the edge of the Atacama Desert, and with an annual rainfall of a mere 2.8 inches per year, water from the Andes via the Elqui River supports the vines. The Vina Falernia vineyards are blessed with constant sunlight and a steady breeze from the Pacific, and these conditions produce healthy grapes year in and year out. Carmenere and Syrah are the two most important red grape varieties planted in the region. They are all hand harvested in thirty five pound bins, gently squeezed in pneumatic presses and transferred to tanks where the skins are punched down to extract color and ripe tannins. The wine displays ripe bold flavors that jump out of the glass. This lively new world wine exudes plum, blackberry and cassis fruit that lasts and lasts. Pair this with your favorite meat, pasta or cheese.