Ritual practices biodynamic, low-impact farming in Chile’s Casablanca Valley. The winery is a partnership between winemaker Rodrigo Soto, a pioneer of biodynamic winemaking in Chile, and American consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs. The estate is located in the valley’s extreme eastern end, set against the sweeping beauty of the dramatic Coastal Range and cooled by the air from the Pacific Ocean driven by the Humboldt Current. The vineyards are surrounded by 6000 acres of native forest, creating an environment where vines thrive alongside natural wildlife corridors and native vegetation.
Mirroring the low-impact approach in the vineyards, Ritual prefers gentle handling and a sort of revival of Old World winemaking technique in the cellar. Grapes are harvested by hand in small baskets in the early morning, when the fruit is still cool. Wine is fermented by native yeast. When applicable, ferments are largely composed of whole berries, punched down by hand, and pressed off in a gentle basket press.