History Viña Cousiño-Macul
The oldest vines of Viña Cousiño Macul are rooted on land that, since the VI century, has been used for wine production. Juan Jufré was the first man to plant vines on the terrain before Matias Cousiño acquired the original 1000 hectares, some 500 years ago. During his time the vineyard provided wine to the churches and parts of Chilean society.
300 years later in 1856, Matías Cousiño acquired 1,000 hectares of land that stretched from the current vineyard to the center of Santiago. This valuable land receives precious, mineral rich water from the Andes Mountains, arriving to the vineyard form the San Carlos canal.
After Matías’ death, his son, Luis Cousiño, inherited the land and the dream of establishing a family run vineyard. Luis Cousiño put much effort into improving the quality and variety of vines produced. He and his wife Isidora Goyenchea traveled to Europe, where they brought back the iconic strains of grapes.
Our Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were brought from the region of Pauillac, Sauvignon Verde and Gris from Martillac and the Riesling from Alsace, the last being a variety personally chosen by Isidora.
The couple managed the vineyard together until Luis Cousiño’s death. Upon the loss of her husband Isidora Goyenechea assumed his position, becoming one of the first female entrepreneurs in South America. Until the day of her death, she maintained the Cousiño family tradition, incorporating new technologies and constantly innovating on the industry.
A keen and technically minded woman, Isidora improved worker conditions, standardized production, and maintained a quality of excellence in every wine. Additionally, she supervised the construction of our iconic wine cellar, and redesigned the company and family insignia, immortalizing her own legacy.
Isidora´s son, Luis Arturo Cousiño, took charge of the vineyard upon his mother’s death in 1898. Luis Arturo is the great grandfather of the family’s sixth generation, who currently manage the company.
Our priority has always been quality over quantity. We are a small family run business with a focus on high quality wines rather than numbers. Our first exported bottle, Antiguas Reservas, was a product of 60 years of work. The wine is made from our finest grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon.
1994: Introduction of our premium blend, Finis Terrae, an ensemble between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
1996: Acquisition of 300 hectares in the city of Paine to transition the vineyard out of Santiago. With the intention of maintaining the unique DNA of our vines, the new vines of Paine were planted through a French technique called Selection Massale. This an ancient practice of replanting new vineyards with cuttings from high quality old vines and is notorious for its long term benefits of increasing individuality and uniqueness in wine.
2001: First year of production in Paine.
2006: We turned 150 years old, and in commemoration of the anniversary we launched Lota, a line of wine that represents the best of Maipo valley, named after the city where the family mine was located in the south of Chile.