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Pais

Pais: Americas first planted grapes. Pais, also known as Mission, is a red grape variety that has been cultivated in South America since the 16th century and is now grown in Chile and Argentina.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Pais has a thin skin, which gives the wine a light to medium ruby colour. It has pleasant aromas of red fruits, cherries, and red plums, with a hint of spice. On the palate, the flavour profile of Pais is quite simple, with notes of plums, cherries, and strawberries.

Fresh Pais grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Pais is mainly grown in the Central Valley of Chile, in the coastal regions of Valparaiso and San Antonio, as well as in the Bio-Bio and Maule Valleys.To some extent, it is also grown in Argentina and in the USA, California. Pais is a vigorous variety that produces abundant yields, but it is also susceptible to powdery mildew.. It prefers warm climates with hot days and cool nights. In the winery, the grapes are usually destemmed and fermented on the skins for up to 10 days. The resulting wines are usually light-bodied with low tannins and delicate alcohol levels. In Chile, Pais wines are usually blended with other red varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. In Argentina, Pais is made as a single varietal wine, with a focus on producing fruity and light-bodied wines. Pais pairs well with grilled vegetables, roasted pork, and spicy dishes.

Foods to pair with Pais:

Asian food
Beef
Sausage
Smoky
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Pais
Pais is considered the oldest grape variety in the Americas and is thought to have been brought to the continent by Spanish missionaries.

Top Wines with Pais

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J. Bouchon Pais Viejo Old Vines is a premium wine produced by J. Bouchon, a renowned winery in Chile. The wine is made from old vines grown in the Maule Valley appellation, which is known for its unique terroir and ideal growing conditions. The vineyard features granite soils and a Mediterranean climate, which impart distinct flavors and aromas to the wine. The winemaking process involves traditional techniques, including hand harvesting and natural fermentation, resulting in a wine that is rich, complex, and full-bodied. The wine is characterized by its deep ruby color, intense aromas of black fruit and spices, and a long, smooth finish. It is a perfect choice for wine enthusiasts who appreciate the unique flavors and characteristics of old-vine wines.
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Bodega Marañones Treintamil Maravedies is a highly sought-after wine from Madrid, Spain. The vineyard features unique characteristics, such as old vines and diverse soil types, which contribute to the wine's complexity and depth of flavor. The winemaking process is meticulous, with a focus on minimal intervention to allow the grapes' natural qualities to shine through. The resulting wine is known for its elegant style, with a harmonious balance of fruit, acidity, and tannins. Bodega Marañones Treintamil Maravedies is a true gem for wine enthusiasts seeking a refined and memorable experience.
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Pedro Parra y Familia P Pencopolitano is a captivating wine. Hailing from the Pencopolitano appellation, this wine is crafted from grapes grown in unique vineyard features. The winemaking process is carefully executed, resulting in a wine that exudes elegance and finesse. P Pencopolitano offers a distinct style, characterized by its harmonious balance and expressive flavors. With each sip, you'll be transported to the vineyards, experiencing the terroir and the passion that went into creating this exceptional wine.
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J. Bouchon Canto Sur Red is a captivating wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Hailing from the renowned appellation of Maule Valley, this wine is crafted from carefully selected grapes grown in exceptional vineyards. The vineyard features unique characteristics, such as well-drained soils and optimal sun exposure, which contribute to the wine's exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves meticulous attention to detail, with a focus on preserving the natural flavors and aromas of the grapes. The result is a wine that exudes elegance and finesse, with a harmonious balance of fruitiness and complexity. J. Bouchon Canto Sur Red is a true testament to the artistry and passion behind winemaking.
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Roberto Henriquez's "Tierra de Pumas" is a remarkable wine that embodies the essence of its terroir in the Bio Bio region of Chile. Produced by Roberto Henríquez, who honed his craft studying agronomy and enology at the University of Concepción, this wine is a testament to his dedication to organic and biodynamic farming practices. The vineyard, situated 2 kilometers inland from the Bío Bío River, boasts granitic soil with origins in the volcanic activity of the Cordillera de Nahuelbuta, also known as "Cougar's Land." The wine, crafted from 100% País grapes from 200-year-old vines, exudes a complex, fruity, and meaty character. Roberto's winemaking journey, which includes stints in Canada, South Africa, and the Loire Valley under the tutelage of Rene Mosse, underscores his commitment to producing wines of exceptional purity and quality. "Tierra de Pumas" represents a growing movement of vignerons in the Itata and Bio Bio regions, crafting wines with a profound sense of place and a commitment to sustainable agriculture.
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