Chakana Nuna Estate Organic Bonarda is made from fruit sourced only from Chakana’s own organic certified estate vineyards at Finca Agrelo in Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo.
Chakana was founded in 2002 by the Pelizzatti family, something of a return to wine-making for the family whose ancestors had made wines in the wine-growing region of Valtellina in Italy in the 19th Century. The Chakana winery is located Agrelo, Mendoza and since 2002 the estate has grown to cover some 150 hectares with 120 hectares under vine, including their own vineyards in other areas of Mendoza 21 hectares in Mayor Drummond (Lujan de Cuyo) and two vineyards comprising 51 hectares in Altamira (Valle de Uco). In 2012 Chakana began the process of converting all of their vineyards, farming and viticultural methods over to organic / biodynamic certified. The winemaking style is based on minimal intervention with minimal use of sulphur or other additives and only indigenous yeasts.
The Bonarda grape is originally from Italy and was historically grown in the Haute Savoie. It is also known as Douce Noir. It has travelled into California, where it is known as Charbono, but it is now most widely grown in Argentina. The grapes for the Chakana Nuna Estate Organic Bonarda are from vineyards with mainly loam soils, with some sand and gravels, located at an altitude of 950m. The grapes are harvested by hand and undergo a 48 hour cold-soaking prior to fermentation. There is also 100% malolactic fermentation and the wine is aged in a combination of oak barrels and concrete vats for 8 months prior to bottling.
The Chakana or Inca Cross is a stepped cross representing the four cardinal points of the compass and the Southern Cross constellation which ruled the Incan agriculural calendar.