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Some of the eldest vines can be found in Bolivia, dating from the beginning of colonization in the 15th century

Samaipata, an unknown wine region in Bolivia

Samaipata is located at the entrance of the Valles Cruceños region.

These lands were home to the Incas, Guaraníes and Spaniards. The arrival of the Spaniard Ñuflo de Chaves in 1548 marked the beginning of a long struggle between the Guarani, who dominated this region, and the Spaniards.

After the founding of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in 1561, the first vineyards of the region were established around Santa Cruz de la Sierra “La Vieja”, on the slopes of Serranías del Sutó.

As the Spanish colony was consolidated, the first vines were planted in the valleys at the eastern end of the Andes.

In1.618, the Spanish Captain Pedro Escalante y Mendoza founded the “City of the Valley of Purification”, Samaipata, which in local Quechua dialect means “Rest in the Heights”. At that time, important vineyards began to appear in this region, including Order of Mercedaries in Tembladeras and those of the pioneer families of Santa Cruz in Chilón.

The wine of the first vineyards of the region was intended for the rich mining towns of Upper Peru and for the parishes of the bishopric of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

By bringing this tradition back to life, the estate of Uvairenda contributes to the revival of wine-making from Valles Cruceños.

In tribute to the origins of its people, the name of the vineyard derives from the Spanish word “grape” and the guaraní “renda”, which means place; Uvairenda is therefore “the place of grapes”. Samaipata therefore joins the traditional wine valley of Tarija in the production of great wines and whose quality should be the pride of the Bolivian people.

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Expert opinion

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As Bolivian vineyard is concentrated in the regions of Tarija and Samaipata, you can discover the various wine regions, terroirs, styles and range of wine. Travel through the different wine routes, discover different grape varieties and discover that wines that have contributed to this country’s winemaking reputation. Between Tarija and Sampaita, let yourself be amazed by the delicious Syrahs and Tannats made from vines grown at the high altitudes of this extraordinary country.

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Amongst the most prevalent grape varieties in the country are Sauvignon, Muscat d’Alexandrie (which is very resistant to drought), Tannat, Merlot, Chardonnay, Malbec, and Petit Verdot as well as Torrontès, originally from Argentina. They can all be sampled as made from different methods, which produces different types of wine.

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