• Apu Winery

Harvest date: 10 September, 2020

Quantity: 125 kgs.

Resting time in stainless steel: 6 months

Time in oak casks: 6 months

Alcohol: 13.2 %

Good body, balanced acidity, tannins, and alcohol

Color: dark red

Aromas: black fruits, notes of red pepper with vanilla, butterscotch and tobacco

Taste: consistent with the aromas and notes of herbs and tea

Apu’s vineyards are “heroic” because of their high-altitude, steep slopes, and terraces. Heroic vineyards are known for their difficult terrain and their economic impact in remote areas where opportunities are scarce.

Because mechanization is not possible at Apu, we require many human hands. We focus on employing and supporting women. Women’s economic empowerment boost productivity and increases economic diversification and income equality.

What makes this project rewarding isn’t overcoming orographic obstacles, but rather its economic impact in our community.

Updated: Jan 27

We promote Sustainability at Apu Winery. Watch this video to learn more about how we conserve water by farming like the Incas.

Learn more at: https://www.apuwinery.com/post/learning-from-the-incas

To successful cultivate healthy wine grapes at 2,850 and 3,300 m, we joined a movement to revive the extinct agricultural traditions of the Incas. The ancient terracing and irrigation techniques promote sustainability.

At the Incan civilization’s height in the 1400s, there were approximately one million hectares of terraces in Peru. The sophisticated laddering system allowed the Incas to maximize their land, efficiently use their resources and feed their vast empire.

We created a terracing system on our 40-degree slopes, allowing us to grow on land previously considered inhospitable to crops. Just like those of the Incas, our agricultural ladders create stability and promote water retention and drainage. The terraces efficiently conserve scarce water from rain & irrigation canals, holding water for more than six months after irrigation.

The Incas also built irrigation systems to enhance the yield of their water supply and to bring water to the most remote terrain. Their gravity flow systems also integrated numerous drainage channels to carry runoff and collect water that dripped from the roofs.

Like many in the Andes, we looked to the past to innovate for the future of a more sustainable Peru.