Wine does not exist by itself in nature. It’s a product created by humans using natural processes to transform the juice of the vitis vinifera. Wine is therefore a product of culture.
The Romans promoted its widespread consumption and used it as a means to establish their people in new conquered land. This custom remained in roman influenced cultures through the centuries, thus developing viticulture and winemaking in most territories around the world.
Today, wine has become a significant part of a globalized lifestyle, though maintaining a very local identity and character, which makes it unique among food products and an important vehicle of communication among people.
Europeans introduced vitis vinifera in the Americas through their conquest and domination. It found its more favorable habitat in temperate regions along the mountain chains in the west of the continent, where climate shows similarities with the Mediterranean. Largely used for consumption by locals, American wine (North and South) reached global consideration and reputation only in recent decades. Necessarily, this surge was founded on the understanding and communication of the unique local character of talented areas along the Andes, where a combination of climate and geological conditions offered products that matched the quality of European wines.
Express Mendoza’s top terroirs
At Chakana we understand our mission as the quest to show the World the uniqueness of the best terroirs of Mendoza, our home place. We found Paraje Altamira and Gualtallary in Valle de Uco and Agrelo in Lujan de Cuyo to be the places where authentic Argentinian wine is best produced.
We chose to use organic and biodynamic methods for our viticulture, as we understand these are the way to minimize external inputs and chemical interventions thus preserving the local conditions and expressions at its purest. Biodynamic certification further guarantees our consumers that our wines are produced from a single vineyard with a special attention to the ecological and cosmic interactions within its environment.
The names we chose for our wines reflect the complex nature and tradition of wine in the South American continent. Chakana is the Inca name of the square cross representing the Southern Cross constellation, a symbol that encloses the Andean Cosmo vision.
Inkarri, the name of our new exclusively organic and biodynamic line of wines, refers to the post Columbian myth of the Inca king. Created by the descendants of the original Quechua people subjected by the Spanish culture (the very name already incorporates a transliteration of the Spanish word Inca Rey), this myth can be interpreted as a metaphor of the resurgence of authentic wine.
Atahualpa was an Inca king that revolted against the Spanish and was dismembered and his parts buried in different places along the Andes. According to the myth he will recompose his body and come back to make justice for his people and its land. Beyond the controversial aspects of the myth, it clearly emphasizes the strong connection between culture and landscape and the need to go back to the origins to recover one’s identity.
The symbol that we use for our Inkarri labels, the Inca Pukina symbol of integration, represents the reunion of the opposites, and was used by the Pukina people, one of the tribes that formed the Inca Empire. As such, it both conveys the story of the Inca king (the need to revive the Andean identity against globalization) and the holistic approach to agriculture that biodynamic viticulture proposes. As the Andean culture was based on a quaternary order, this symbol shows two pairs and its opposites converging at a single point (Earth), an excellent synthesis of totality expressed through diversity.
We cannot think of a better way to describe wine.