When we talk about the Itata Valley, we talk about wine tradition: we talk about Chile’s oldest vitivinívola sector.
The first outbreaks in these lands occurred in the year 1550 at the hands of Spanish settlers. But these settlers did not imagine that the fertility of the soil and the benevolence of the climate of the area, would achieve such wide and varied productions.
Thus, 100 years after the first vine, the king of that time, Philip II, was pressured by the same Spanish producers to ban plantations in the valley, as imports of European wine had declined considerably.
After the time this law was repealed and, entered the eighteenth century, all Spanish colonies in Latin America gladly received the wines of the Itata Valley shipped from the port of Tomé. In this way, by the beginning of the 19th century, four fifths of the wines served at the tables in Chile were produced in what we now call the Southern Region.
However, after the mid-nineteenth century, the color of gold not only dyed American and Australian yearnings, it also blurred the green of the fields of Chile that slowly turned yellow producing the wheat necessary for these countries to live the Gold Rush. that would accompany them until the middle of the 20th century.
Today, already advanced the 21st century, the green dyes are reborn in the landscape of the Itata Valley. This time with an extraordinary strength granted by the accumulation of experience and knowledge of those who are passionate about wine and bet on the search of balance between tradition and innovation giving life to the strains that have waited for patients, by the hands that collect each grain with the hope of good wine.
Viña Santa Berta has a deep commitment to sustainable development. Therefore, it maintains commitments in 3 major areas that are fundamental for balance: collaborators, the environment and the community.
Thanks to this commitment, in 2016, Viña Santa Berta became the first and only vineyard in the Itata Valley with Fair Trade certified wines, thus becoming part of one of the ten vineyards with this certification in Chile.
Fair trade implies compliance with 10 labor quality principles and processes among which are: opportunities for disadvantaged producers, transparency and accountability, fair commercial practices, fair payment, no child labor or forced labor, no discrimination , good working conditions, capacity building, promotion of fair trade and respect for the environment.
However, Viña Santa Berta, not only decided to meet these parameters, but offer a little more. Thus, their commitment to workers implies an assessment of their work above the market average and permanent training in their different areas of performance. In the case of the environment, Viña Santa Berta is committed to the care and valuation of protected areas, in addition to the constant decrease in the use of agrochemicals. Finally, in its third area, the community, Santa Berta maintains an agreement with the Liceo Bicentenario de Excelencia Polivalente San Nicolás and actively supports some folkloric groups in the district.
For this reason, Viña Santa Berta is not only synonymous with excellent wines but also with human quality, innovation and vision for the future.