Spanish priests first brought grapes to Chile in 1548, and Francisco de Aguirre planted the first vines in the Maule Valley in 1551. It wasn't until 300 years later that Chile became a major player in the wine world.
In the early 1800s, European winemakers came here to escape phylloxera, a plant louse that was unwittingly brought to Europe when curious winemakers planted indigenous American vines in their vineyards. While phylloxera lives benignly in American vines, European vines were not resistant to the louse, and it took 50 years to clear it out. Meanwhile, Chile's vines have continued to thrive.
The grapes for our selection are harvested from Villa Alegre, in Chile's pristine Maule Valley. In this region, the soils are composed of volcanic rock, which provides good drainage and nutrients for vines, and sandy loam, which ensures minimal water retention. The result is a perfect habitat to grow exceptional grapes.
Don Pedro Etcheberry, a French agronomist, started his family winery here, and his descendants, Pedro Felix de Aguirre and Ana Maria Etcheberry, continued the family tradition by founding Vina De Aguirre. Vina De Aguirre produced its first vintage in 2000, and by 2011, it had become Chile's most awarded winery.
Our Cabernet is a sublime blending of sun and soil. It delivers all the black cherry and currant fruit flavors you could want, with an enveloping dose of vanilla and spice, and it finishes with a flourish.