OurPROCESS

Besides creating high quality products, for Quebrada del Chucao it was also essential to give added value to the old apple orchards that have survived in the Araucanía Region by paying fair prices to their producers.
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What we do so farADDING VALUE
TO THE OLD ORCHARDS

That is why we craft our ciders using only longstanding, non-commercial apples varieties that can be found around the village of Huiscapi, located between Villarrica and Loncoche, at the heart of the Araucanía Region. Year after year, these apples are picked at their perfect ripeness, pressed and fermented as soon as they are harvested.

Since many of these apple varieties are hard to identify, we have started a remarkable program to rescue this valued genetic heritage. To do this we have grafted local varieties (like ‘limona’, ‘reineta’ ‘cabeza de niño’ and others whose names are unknown to local farmers) on commercial patterns. This will not only allow us to develop a product with strong local identity, but also preserve the great apple diversity found in southern Chile.

MakingOUR HANDCRAFTED CIDERS

Traditional method

Cider is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting apple juice. For obtaining the juice, the apples are first crushed using a miller and then the pulp is pressed. The fermentation takes place between 2 and 3 weeks using commercial yeast. Once the fermentation is finished, the cider is stored in stainless steel tanks for about 5 months. In September, with the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures, we bottle our cider using the traditional method, also known as méthod Champenoise, with a second fermentation in the bottle. This allows the cider to have a natural gasification and form tiny bubbles.

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Dégorgement

For concluding the process that allows us to bring to the markets a clear and bright cider, the bottles are placed upside down so the sediments from the second fermentation settle in the neck. These are removed from each bottle by means of a process called désgorgement which is done completely by hand. Finally the bottles are recapped and identified with the beautiful labels illustrated especially for us by Luisa Rivera, the artist in the family.