A: Luca, we are still thirsty for travel, where’s the one place you like to take visitors?
L: If I am in Chile, I'd love to bring them to the 'Jewel of the Pacific,' a historical city tucked in the hills, called Valparaiso where I used to have a room back in the day. Bohemian and vivid with a beautiful maze of hills, you can lose yourself and discover all the stories hiding in its staircases, funiculars (cable cars that run on rail tracks) and charming colorful houses.
A: What are your favorite foods?
L: I am a cheese lover!
A: Which wines do you love to drink?
L: Wines with personality and out of the ordinary!
A: Which are your must go to restaurants in Chile?
L: Restaurante 99 https://99restaurante.com
A: Harvest season typically falls between February a d April in the Southern Hemisphere, how was the 2021 harvest?
L: This last harvest was really challenging for Sauvignon Blanc! In spring we had to go through some very severe frosts that, in some regions, left the yield seriously challenged. After a mild spring we went through the summer with a high average temperature. Finally at the end of January nearly all the country experience heavy rains for 2 days ranging from 40 to 100 mm of rain! In [these] extreme conditions, where the Sauvignon had already started to accumulate sugars, we were afraid of botrytis [a mold that affects the grapes] which of course altered the course of this harvest. However, we select very meticulously [with] our growers and we require them to have a full cover crop, which allows excess of water to be quickly evacuated. It allowed us to secure our grapes while many [other vineyards] did not even harvest!
A: What would you say is your defining characteristics as a winemaker?
A:Finally, what is exciting you about wine right now?
L: The fact that -finally!-very soon you, will see the ingredients listed in wine labels as Archer Roose already does! Something I think is unfair to wine lovers that don’t know what they are actually drinking.