Handsomely crafted wines of epic proportions
Viña Maquis Estate is more than a century old, and is located at the confluences of two rivers in the Colchagua Valley. The original winery was built in 1927 but most of the high quality grapes grown were sold to neighboring wineries. The land has been owned since inception by the Hurtardo Family.
In 2002, the family decided to begin making their own wines as the Chilean wine revolution swept the country. The Maquis Lien (in Chile’s native Mapuche dialect means silver metal, a reference to Spanish coins that were once melted to make fine jewelry, and is depicted by the silver lion on the label) is Viña Maquis Estate’s premier wine, and is a blend of five different varietals.
The result is a handsomely crafted wine of epic proportions that has been pronounced one of Chile’s finest wines. Careful selection of the fruit and a penchant for classical winemaking make the blend something to remember. Well suited to competitions, the Maquis Lien has scored high in many vaulted arenas.
Since the winery and vineyards lie between the two rivers, the Chimbarongo and the Tinguiririca, the entire scene resembles an island setting, incredibly unique in any wine growing area. It has become a favorite stop for wine enthusiasts visiting the Colchagua Valley.
Ricardo Hurtardo & Juan Alejandro Jofre - Winemakers
Viña Maquis has the luxury of having two expert winemakers, Managing Director Ricardo Hurtardo and Chief Winemaker Juan Alejandro Jofre.
Both men have extensive experience overseas, Hurtardo at the excellent 4th Growth, Chateau Branaire-Ducru, in the commune of St. Julien in Bordeaux. Hurtardo also worked for Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, Napa Valley. Jofre had stints in New Zealand (Villa Maria Estate, Marlborough), Spain (Torrecorcos, Duero) and California, (Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates).
The Flag of Chile
The national flag of Chile, also known in Spanish as La Estrella Solitaria (The Lone Star), was adopted on October 18, 1817. The star on the flag represents a guide to progress and honor, the blue symbolizes the sky and the Pacific Ocean, the white is for the snow-covered Andes Mountains, and the red stands for the bloodshed in the battle for independence.
The colors are believed to be derived from a flag flown during the historic Arauco War that last three centuries between the Spaniards and the Mapuche people in what is now modern Chile.
“Flag Day” is held each year on July 9th to commemorate the 77 soldiers who died in the 1882 Battle of La Concepcion.
Colchagua Valley, Chile
One of Chile’s best known growing areas, the Colchagua Valley is another sub region of the Central Valley. It is located south and west of Santiago and its western most boundaries almost touch the nearby Pacific Ocean.
The Colchagua Valley is one of Chile’s largest planted regions with more than 61,000 total acres under vine. It benefits from its proximity to the Pacific and enjoys cooler nights and mornings that turn into much warmer days.
Its predominant planted varietal is Cabernet Sauvignon, with additional red varietals (mostly Bordeaux) abundantly grown.
Wine Regions of Chile
Chile’s geography and climate make it one of the most unique regions in the world! From north to south, Chile extends 2,653 miles, and yet it only averages 110 miles east to west.
Geographically, the country is bound by the Atacama Desert to the north (the driest on Earth!), the majestic Andes Mountains to the east, the Patagonian ice fields to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The combination of these bene cial natural barriers and an incredibly diverse Mediterranean climate, make Chile a land of endless winemaking possibilities.