Odfjellvineyards

Fjord Horses

On our estate, we also breed Norwegian Fjord horses. Thousands of years ago, between the last Ice Ages, the ancestors of these horses migrated from Central Asia to what is now Norway. Isolated between fjords and mountains in the rugged terrain, the breed maintains several traces of the prehistoric horse, such as the black stripe down the middle of the white mane.

Dan Odfjell first brought the breed to Chile more than two decades ago. Since then, their gentle temper has conquered many Chilean hearts, and the horses are used widely in hippotherapy for children with disabilities.

The horses have an important role in the sustainability of the vineyard. They actively participate by controlling weeds, providing better soil drainage, transporting grapes during the harvest without compacting the soil, and always providing another dimension to the vineyard’s beautiful landscape.