Victor Pino Torche, the first gentleman in our story was not born into a traditional Chilean wine family. The family worked in mining administration and the farm was a retreat for summers in San Juan de Pirque. San Juan was not "wine country", but rather simply a small hamlet on the banks of the Maipo River, perched high up where the Maipo Valley narrows and climbs into the Cajon del Maipo, flanked on both sides by large rock faces of the Andes....
This vineyards are located high in the Maipo Valley in the foothills of the Andes, between 700 and 1000 meters above sea level. It is a wilder, less hospitable growing site in the central zone of Chile. Depending on the variety, the soils and the category we have different farms all through this Maipo Canyon.
The place is called Quino, a little village in the South of Chile that means "between two rivers". Quino is far, far from the traditional border where wines are produced in Chile. It's valleys are guarded by five ancestral guardians: the volcanos Tolhuaca, Lonquimay, Llaima, Sollipulli y Villarica.
Slowly one learns the lay of the land and the way of the fruit: nearer the river the fruit ripens more slowly, next the chestnuts the vines need pruning to expose the fruit to the more sunshine. Over time the different parcels come to express themselves each in their particular way, and together they established a Mountain Grown personality.
Quino is different than Chile's Central Valley. Here the skies are limitless, the horizon measures itself out as far as the eye can see. Amidst the Andean peaks three ancient volcanoes, stand and watch over the SoutherMost vineyards in Chile.
When he was 14 years old, he was responsable for the harvest of his family's state. He loved it. "I became accustomed to being the boss and to the team work with the workers". The scope of Pino's management has vastly expanded over the half-century since those early days in the fields - and his enthusiasm has never wavered. Commercial Director of Chile's government mining group CODELCO, president of the Chile's Maritime Chamber, board member of CSAV and CLARO Group, finally Victor's love of the land eventually brought him into the wine business.
In the middle of a successful career in retail working as Commercial Manager of PARQUE ARAUCO, Gonzalo our managing director, left the big job in the city and went back to the land and the family farm. His focus and patience have brought our little wine firm a long way since. No one will ever know what possessed him, but whatever it was, he marks the occasion once a year when he rolls up his sleeves as he did his first day “after retail”, grabs a shovel, and digs in to help discover one of the fermentation vats.
Cyril our commercial director, was born in Sainte Magnance, a lesser-known appellation of Burgundy, but grew up in Chile as his father was stationed with the French diplomatic core. While he was finishing his masters back in France his uncles sold the family holdings in Burgundy, much to his chagrin. As fortune would have it, one of the uncle’s neighbors: William Fèvre was right then building a winery in Chile and he was looking for someone young to join the organization. Cyril has been with us ever since.
Jaime our Sales Manager, has been working in the wine industry for more than 20 years. He started in Chateau Pavie in Bordeaux, France where he fall in love with the beautiful vineyards that surrounded him. Then he continue in this industry in prestigious wineries such as Kendall Jackson in California and Santa Carolina in Chile. Finally he joined the team in 2014 with the mission of developing new markets and new costumers in Brazil, China and Europe.
Our winemaker Cristián studied Oenology at Universidad de Chile. He made his first harvests at Errázuriz in Aconcagua Valley. Then he worked for 12 years at Veramonte, in Casablanca Valley, becoming Chief Winemaker. During that period he made harvests in other wineries such as Kendall-Jackson, Paul Hobbs, Saintsbury and Quintessa in California, Villa María in New Zealand and Chateau Dillon in Bordeaux, France. Then he returned to Chile to work in William Fèvre, looking for new challenges in the new Chilean terroirs.
Nicolás's father arrived in the 50's from Italy to Chile looking for a new land. 6 years later he brought his wife and Nicolás was born. He studied Agronomy at Universidad Católica de Chile, and become a research assistent. Then he moved to William Fèvre and has been working on the farm for 25 years since before vines were planted on the Pino's family chestnut and almond groves. It is his patience and dedication that allow this wines to be truly crafted on the vine.