Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Climate Change and Blogging

Well my last post was about the effect of Global Warming on Chile's vineyard. This post is to say that I've been a very lazy blogger recently because of the weather.

It's been a truly awful Spring here. A cloudy October was followed by rain on November 2nd. Not normal. And then it rained a little bit more a couple of weeks later. Really not normal. And then I woke up today to more pouring rain and cold weather. Seriously, November 24th and it's raining. Not cool.

When people ask me when they should visit Chile I always say November- few tourists, perfect weather. But this year has been completely different.

I really hope this isn't a permanent change in the weather. I'm actually looking forward to going back to England for most of December- at least there it's supposed to be Winter.

I've also been lazy because the renovations on my house have been taking up most of my time. I'm looking forward to getting the place finished and moving in after Christmas in England. I'll have more time to go out and do things and more time to blog about them. I'm guessing there's no one out there who's desperately interested in this blog right now but next year it will be better.


Saturday, 14 November 2009

Climate Change and Vineyards in Chile

This interesting little article says that a recent PWC study suggests that climate change will lead Chilean vineyards further and further south in search of optimum conditions for growing vines. Vina Morande has already started setting up as far south as Lago Llanquihue, an area that currently is far too wet and cool for most Chilean vines. One thing that the Lake Region doesn't lack is water, something that could eventually become a probably in the Central Valley if the issue of water rights isn't properly managed.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Santa Cruz and The Incas

When you think of the Incan Empire, you usually think only of Peru, Cusco and Machuu Pichuu. But the Inca's reach stretched thousands of miles into Chile, all the way down to the Maule River. Chile's native, seriously tough Mapuche tribe ensured the Inca's didn't get any further.

Behind Vina Lapostolle's rather fancy little hotel (us$800/night, all inclusive) is a trail that winds up the hill. On clear days there are magnificent views over the Apalta Valley and all the way to the Andes. Unfortunately, yesterday was cold and a little cloudy (this has been the worst Spring ever) but the views were still pretty good.

At the top of the hill there's an unassuming 1 metre high stone wall. You might wonder what a wall is doing at the top of the hill. It seems a pretty odd place to build one.

It turns out that it was built by the Incas and stretches for miles along the crests of the hills. No one seems to know why, though.

To access the trail you need to be doing a tour of the vineyard, staying at the super-exclusive hotel or know someone who works there. The last option is the cheapest.

The Apalta Valley

Lapostolle's fancy winery and hotel.

Friday, 6 November 2009

They Have Fruit Farms In The US Too

Fellow ex-Buenos Aires resident Dan has just wrapped up another season of fruit farm and farmers' market blogging from Chicago. If you love fruit, fruit based recipes and laughing at the stupidity of people who shop at farmers' markets then I'd highly recommend heading over to Fruit Slinger.

And I will hopefully get around to posting something worthwhile and relevant to Santa Cruz on this blog soon but, please, don't hold your breath.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Bloggers in Chile Updated

I've updated and rearranged the Chile blog list over on Bloggers In Chile. It's a great resource for anyone looking for information about living and working in Chile. If you're on the list, please can you link back to it on your blog. Thanks!