"Los Hualles" Farm is currently owned by Wolfram Heise, an anthropologist, environmental activist and organic farmer by profession and passion since he inherited the property in 2008. The farm has been owned by the Heise Family since 1992.
Los Hualles farm is composed by two land titles which are inscribed in the land register (Conservador de Bienes Raízes) in Loncoche, IX.Region, under ROL Nº481-059 (Foja 1088 Nº492) and ROL Nº427-133 (Foja 184 Nº300). Both properties' taxes are up to date, and there are no mortgages, encumbrances or litigation on the properties. The history of the land titles are all well documented and clear of any possible claims.
The Huiscapi Creek runs through the farm, separating the two properties from each other. A bridge connects them for easy access. Both properties are completely fenced and each has a separate entrance and access, although only one is currently in daily use.
Los Arbolitos has two wells (10 meter deep) for drinking water supply. A private power line connects to the public grid. At the entrance of Santa Inés lies the public underground water line and the public electric grid is about 50 meters away. Both are fast and easy to connect if needed. Both properties have currently no additional water rights , but deep wells can be drilled easily and inscribed in the water register (Dirección General de Aguas, DGA).
The water quality of the creek is excellent and smaller trouts can be found and fished at different spots. Wildlife is abundant and includes owls, parrots, bats, foxes, skunks, ibises, different cross-birds, and the Tero Tero (southern lapwing). Mountain lions (puma) have been sighted, but are native and form part of the ecosystem.
Los Arbolitos once formed part of a huge "Fundo" or "Estancia" called El Parque. During the Chilean land reform in the late 60´s and early 70´s about 250 hectares of the El Parque farm were cut out and subdivided into five smaller land parcels, each of them around 50 hectares. One of them, parcel no.3, is the Los Arbolitos farm and was later purchased by the Narwold-Saelzer family, who finally sold it in 1996 to the Heise family.
Santa Inés instead formed part of a wider farm across the Huiscapi river owned by the Antillanca family. Due to the unresolved community of heirs of the farm, the land was subdivided in shares to the family members and later their heirs. The Heise family purchased in 1998 the shares and land use rights from one of them. Now, after more then 20 years in our possession and property these shares and using rights were finally redeveloped and regulated by the national land authorities (Bienes Nacionles) and transformed into a legally binding and regular land title.
Los Arbolitos and Santa Inés are adjacent to four neighbors each. Relations are excellent and trustful. Neighbors comprise German friends from university times, national entrepreneurs, and small scale local farmers. Some of them have been employed in the past full or part time, and being a good neighbor was always part of our endeavor.
None of the neighbors land titles are on ancestral indigenous land rights and no unresolved land claims are recorded in the surroundings.
The Araucanía Region is one of Chile's 16 first-order administrative divisions, and comprises two provinces: Malleco in the north and Cautín in the south. Its capital and largest city is Temuco; other important cities include Angol and Villarrica.
Chile did not incorporate the lands of the Araucanía Region until the 1880s, when it occupied the area to end resistance by the indigenous Mapuche by both military and political means. This opened up the area for Chilean and European (mainly Germans) immigration and settlement.
In the 1900–1930 period, the population of Araucanía grew considerably and the region became one of the principal agricultural districts of Chile, gaining the nickname of "granary of Chile". About a third of the region's population is ethnic Mapuche, the highest proportion of any Chilean region.
The climate around Huiscapi and Villarrica is very mild, and in generally warm and temperate. The average annual temperature is 10.8 ºC/51.44ºF. The summer season is from December to February and temperatures can reach up to 38ºC/100ºF during the day and 25º/77ºF during the night. In winter season is from July to September and you will have around 9ºC/48ºF during the day and you might have some nights with light frost of -3ºC/26ºF.
About 2265 mm/892 inches of precipitation falls annually. The driest month is February with around 56mm/22 inches and the wettest is July with 388mm/152 inches.