Viña Caliterra, pioneers in the development of sustainable practices in Chile, has launched an unprecedented project to naturally control pests in the vineyards, mainly rabbits and rodents that cause damage to the vines.
Called the Birds of Prey Programme, it involves conserving and encouraging the population of different birds of prey including eagles, hawks, vultures, owls and kestrels by building nest boxes and feeders made of recycled materials.
Routes, nesting biotopes and hunting grounds for birds were studied at the beginning of the project and based on the results, 10 feeders and 15 nest boxes were installed. Since its inception in 2012, the population of rabbits has decreased by as much as 18% and there has been 30% less damage caused to the vines
Sophie Wren, Brand Manager for Caliterra comments: ‘The philosophy at Caliterra has always been to preserve the environment surrounding the vineyards and this project has proven extremely successful. Caliterra is also currently developing an educational programme with local communities to generate awareness about the preservation of their rich flora and fauna.’
Caliterra was established in 1996 and is one of the first Chilean wineries to have obtained their sustainability certificate. The name Caliterra is taken from 'Calidad' Spanish for quality and 'Tierra' – land and their wine making philosophy is to produce environmentally friendly, quality wines in the heart of the Colchagua Valley.