FINCA SANTA SOFÍA

Finca Santa Sofía has a total area of 263 ha., out of which 74 ha. have been planted. There are plans to plant the remaining area in the near future as a part of an expansion programme.

The grape varieties used to date are Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Syrah. The focus is on cultivating the Tempranillo variety due to its great potential for development in this area and the quality of its grapes. With the exception of the Malbec variety, the plants come from France and Italy and have been grafted onto American rootstock.

Although experimenting with other training systems, Bodega y Viñedos O. Fournier prefers "vaso," the traditional Spanish bush vine system as this method leaves the grape clusters exposed while protecting them from the intense solar radiation. It also results in a potential lower yield per plant, leading to more concentrated aromas and a better wine structure. Planting densities on the estate vary from 3,000 to 10,000 vines/ha.

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