Valdivieso

Valdivieso dates back to 1879 when Alberto Valdivieso founded Champagne Valdivieso, the first company in Chile and South America to make sparkling wine. More than a hundred years later, in the late 1980s, the company expanded in a new direction when it began commercial production of still wines as Valdivieso, at their Curicó Valley winery in Lontué.

Brett Jackson, a New Zealander, is their winemaker. The range spans a big variety of wines, with grapes sourced from a mix of their own vineyards and bought-in grapes. They own some malbec and cabernet franc vineyards planted in the 1920s at Sagrada Familia. Their Eclat range includes a red made from syrah, mourvèdre and 65-year-old carignan.

Their top wine called Caballo Loco is a tribute to one of the owners, Jorge Coderch, whose nickname is Crazy Horse. He is a charismatic man of enormous energy and is involved in politics. He has financed a school for the underprivileged near the winery. The wine is a multi-vintage blend, a type of solera system is used to maintain the house style.

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