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Idesia (Arica)

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MUJICA, Fernando; ADUNKA, Michelle Lacoste  and  LACOSTE, Pablo. Bernardo O'Higgins and the wine heritage in Chile. Idesia [online]. 2019, vol.37, n.4, pp.109-114. ISSN 0718-3429.

This paper examines the link between the liberator of Chile, Bernardo O'Higgins, and the culture of the vine and wine in this country. It is detected that, besides political and militar activity, he was a viticulturist and wine lover. O'Higgins cultivated the vine on his haciendas in Chile (Las Canteras) and Peru (Cuiba). He was concerned with making selected wines, such as the sunny one. In addition, wine was part of their daily diet. He valued quality wines, and used them to pay homage to his visitors, especially military men and statesmen. In this sense, O'Higgins was a wine grower and, at the same time, contributed to the strengthening of the wine appreciation culture in Chile.

Keywords : oenological heritage; heritage wines; traditional viticulture; wine appreciation culture.

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