First winery in Costa Rica founded

Friday, 23. March 2012 | 09:24 Uhr | RED.YOOPRESS | WINE COUNTRIES
Reference: DECANTER | Translator: E.RENZIEHAUSEN
Seedlings of the Pinot Noir sort of grape (photo: YOOPRESS)

AMERICA (Costa Rica) - It used to be spelled Kostarika, today it is spelled Costa Rica (Spanish for “rich coast”); it is a state in central America, embedded between Nicaragua in the north, Panama in the south, the Atlantic in the east and the Pacific in the west. It is a country the Tropics with only two seasons: the rainy season and the dry season. Costa Rica’s topography offers volcanic mountain ranges (the Cordilleras) with fertile valleys, a central plain and the wetlands of the oceans. Besides tourism, agricultural products are the most important foreign exchange earner.

It is exactly here where Kerry Damskey, wine counselor of many producers in the Napa Valley, is planning to establish the first commercial winery. To do this, Mr. Damskey made plant Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Grenache vines on about 4 hectares as early as in December 2011.

The winery and the vineyards are located in the Cordilleras, above the small town of Copey, about 40 kilometers as the crow flies south of San José, the capital, at an altitude of about 2,000 meters. “Certainly, viticulture in Costa Rica is a challenge”, Kerry Damskey describes his project. “but the conditions given here and the altitude are promising for viticulture in Costa Rica.”

Mr. Damskey and his team are planning experiments with five more sort of grapes, among them Merlot and Zinfandel. The first commercially produced wine is to be brought to market in 2015. (red.yoopress)

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