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Sustainability at Apu Winery- Farming Like the Incas

Updated: Jan 27, 2022

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


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