Why Have an Alpaca in a Vineyard?

Alpacas and wine: it’s a perfect pairing! The world’s leading organic vineyards have a deep rooted respect for the earth: instead of stripping it bare of its fruit and robbing it of its nutrients, they seek to give back. To maintain nature’s balance. To coexist with creatures great and small, from earthworms and alpacas. And, of course, to produce gorgeous natural wine.

Alpacas and Wine | Emiliana Organic Vineyards | Natura Wines of Chile

At Emiliana Organic Vineyards, for example, nature collaborates, and each species performs critical functions. Chickens, geese, gallentas, and other helpers naturally reduce weeds and control pests. Alpacas do their part by serving as guard animals, keeping the smaller animals safe from foxes and other carnivores. They also enjoy grazing on grass or hay, another nature-approved method of keeping weeds down.

And, we have to say it: alpacas are adorable! No, they do not spit. And yes, they are very tame and even social. Mostly, they are curious about human visitors and are quite content to share their vineyard.

Alpaca wool is wonderfully soft, as well: sought-after products, from scarves and sweaters to blankets, can promote biodiversity and natural agricultural practices all over the world. 

But we’re mostly here for the wine! Varietals made from organically grown grapes offer a number of benefits, including:

  • Fewer sulfites. Terrific news for those with allergies or sensitivities to sulfites.
  • Eco-Conscious Enjoyment. Organic practices minimize impact on the ecosystem. In fact, many innovative vineyards ensure the earth is better, more rich, and more healthy for having been tended by them.
  • Reducing Pesticide Use. Not only is this good news for you as a consumer, it is far healthier for growers, their families, and those who live in wine-producing regions.
  • Exceptional Taste. Clean, crisp, nuanced, and elegant, wines from Emiliana Organic Vineyards and other leading vineyards are a true, guilt-free treat.

Alpacas help make it possible. When biodiversity and nature are respected, the result is wine you can feel good serving – and indulging in yourself!