Ecuador is a country of spectacular variety and beautiful scenery. From beaches to volcanoes, you can expect to find almost any kind of environment here. Ecuador is one of the few countries that has such a diversity in its regions; the coast, the mountain range, the amazon and the peninsular area, Galapagos Islands.This means Ecuador’s tourism opportunities are some of the best in the world.
Ecuador isn’t really known as a wine producing country and yet the region of Guayas is home to the key label for Ecuatorian wine, Dos Hemisferios. The vineyard is planted in limestone soil, at the end of a banana plantation, in a tropical climate with a thermal amplitude of 14 ° Celsius and maritime climate influenced by the Humbolt Current. As a result you can find Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Torrontes of very high quality. Another vineyard that stands out with high quality products is Chaupi, located in the Andean Valley of Yaruqui, specialised in Pinot Noir. The unusual characteristics of the terroir and climatic conditions of these vineyards makes it worthwhile a visit for a unique wine tasting experience.
On the road of the Senses in Ecuador, you’ll explore:
– The visit to the two vineyards of the country
– The discovery of an exceptional cacao
– Charming accommodation
– The visit of an organic rose farm
– Gastronomic stages with little known ingredients
Discover the Ecuadorian vineyard as you cross the country from North to South and combine these visits with tastings of the country as cacao and coffee.
Ecuador, due to its location on the equinox line, does not have marked seasons. Producing wine is therefore a challenge. There are only two significant vineyards in Ecuador, one of which has made a name for itself internationally. This is Dos Hemisferios precisely because of its geographical location.
This initiative was born in 2004 when Guillermo Wright and Alejandro Taramelli brought the first vine plants from France, in Cabernet Sauvignon, and then Brazilian clones of Cabernet and Malbec. Their current production is about 60,000 bottles per year.
Chaupi started earlier, in 1994, in the valley on the outskirts of Quito. It was an Ecuadorian family who started the adventure with a Spanish Palomino grape variety, and then left it to Dick Handall, originally from the United States. The vineyard produces 5,000 bottles a year.
Dos Hemisferios has developed grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Chardonnay on limestone soils rich in marine fossils. It is therefore a beautiful experience of viticulture in a tropical climate with a thermal amplitude of 14ºC/57ºF and a maritime climate influenced by the Humboldt Current. Being close to the equatorial line speeds up the grape growth cycle, allowing two harvests a year.
The average annual temperature is 24ºC/75ºF and the vineyard enjoys many days of intense sunshine all year round. This allows for the coexistence of harvested vines and others of different varieties barely growing on the same plot.
It is a diverse team both in terms of knowledge, often linked to their individual passions, and in terms of origins. They reside in the country and have travelled it primarily because they love this destination. It is this passion that they try to pass on, combining it with the professionalism of an actor who has been recognized for many years and a creativity in the discovery of authentic places and elaborate programs.