Terroir is the main focus of Clos des Fous, especially in regards to how soils and different climates affect the grapes. They are using the latest technologies available in order to advance their vineyards, and aim to be on the cutting edge of the wine industry as a whole.
During the growing process, the men aim to intervene as little as possible. They don’t want to control the vines, but rather guide them as they adapt to the varying climates. Grapes from their vineyards are then harvested by hand before being transported to the winery.
After harvesting, the wines are all fermented in the traditional way, using concrete vats. After this, some wines, such as the Tocao, are aged in French oak barrels for two years without being racked.
Their vineyards are all organic and, when they are searching for new areas to plant their vines, they look for places where the vines will struggle. They believe that this will cause the vines to put down deeper roots while searching for nutrients and that this will produce some of the best fruit possible.
Up to this point, their theories have paid off and the wines they have been making are taking the world of Chilean wines by storm. The wines produced by the Clos des Fous vineyards have so far benefitted from the extreme conditions in which they are grown, resulting in top quality, cutting edge, interesting, and modern wines.