Vineyards of the Cordillera de Maipo and Malleco Valley
Vineyards of the Cordillera de Maipo and Malleco Valley
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...
Wines that grow in and around the nettles and briars [espinos]
This wines are called Espino after the nettles and briars [espinos] in and around the vineyards were they grow. The wines are more naturally made in the new world style and seek express a purity of fruit alongside the richness of barrel ageing.
Our single vineyard wines...
Our Espino Gran Cuvée are single lot / vineyard wines that have been selected over many years as more age-worthy wines that offer more structure and complexity. The oak from the barrel aging lends a restrained finesse and let's the natural fruit and tannin express themselves in harmony.
Our Mountain Grown Blends...
Chacai is made from our San Juan de Pirque farm at almost 1,000 meters above sea level. The vineyard is in a creek called Chacai, that means in our native language "espino negro" (black thorn tree), this land is privileged to combine the round stoned soils of the alluvial river bed of the Maipo River with a partial intrusion of cracked colluvial stones from the Andean gullies above.
The hidden star of our chorus...
Cabernet Franc has been the hidden protagonist of our best wines, an outstanding singer in our chorus. But time is fair and Cabernet Franc has become the star. The secret ingredient, the transformer, the enhancer today is over the scenario. Such purity is difficult to express in one language so we invited the mother languages of the winery and the universal English to participate in her wedding dress label. Ladies and gentlemen... The Franq Rouge!
Pure Minerality of SouthernMost...
This wine is produced with grapes from dry land of Malleco Valley, in the extreme southernmost of Chilean wine land, where a few wineries started to produce fruit just a generation ago. A wine with character and identity, showing freshness and passion on the glass, reflecting a place, and origin, a terroir. A new age and a new concept of what means Southermost in Chile.
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.
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.
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.