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.