This vineyards are located high in the Maipo Valley in the foothills of the Andes, in the central zone of Chile. In these less hospitable, less typical, conditions the vines must try harder and thus produce fresher fruit, deep berry concentration and broad yet round shouldered tannins.
The Maipo Valley is famous for producing some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the world. We have it. And also Chardonnay and Pinot Noir because of the freshness of our mountainous terroir, and Cabernet Franc and Carmenère in the hilly piémont for its elegance. We also planted in between Syrah, Carignan and Tempranillo to blend and add complexity. Lastly, our location just at the other side of Uco Valley moved us to plant Malbec in the easternmost vine of Chile.
With dirt doctor Pedro Parra we made several soil studies to understand this exceptional terroir. We ventured planting different varieties at different altitudes of our farms in the Maipo Canyon. Over time the different parcels come to express themselves each in their particular way, and together they established a Mountain Grown personality.
With time we slowly have learn 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. Our goal is to express the purity of this mountainous character: simple, elegant and fresh. Thus, the concept of our brand ESPINO reflects the austerity of the land where we preserve in a bottle all this natural fruit.
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.
A small plantation of vines 8 years ago was the beginning. In this land of volcanic origin -that belonged to the family for years- rose the challenge of working with a viticulture of little intervention in a place with more than 900mm of rain per year and heavy frosts, that allows to grow a great Chardonnay and a splendid Pinot Noir. More Burgundian than Chilean...wines too.
The land of the South talked about its aptitude for the vines: the quality of the fruits of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay defied a enology that rescued the identity of the wines more for their origin than by their strain. 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.
Quino is different than Chile's Central Valley. Here a long vegetative period gives us great citric notes, also minerality and earthy notes from the volcanic soils. If you look for tropical notes...don't drink us.