Our vineyards are located in the Maipo Valley, recognized as the origin of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Chile. The estates, Macul and Buin, enjoy the unique conditions that this valley possesses, that for being in the foothills of the Cordillera de Los Andes, and due to its altitude above sea level belong to the subregion known as “Alto Maipo “
All the vineyards are planted on their own feet, without patterns. The wines produced by Cousiño Macul are made from 9 varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot – Syrah – Cabernet Franc – Petit Verdot – Chardonnay – Sauvignon Gris – Sauvignon Blanc – Riesling
More than 60% of our production corresponds to red wines. The species for the new plantations come from masales selections carried out in their own nurseries, for a period of 10 years.
This selection has allowed the preservation of a unique genetic material of great value that was originally brought to Chile by Luis Cousiño in 1860. Including varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the region of Paullac in the Upper Medoc, Chardonnay of Burgundy and Sauvignon Vert and Semillon de Martillac in Graves.
To make world-class wines, grapes of the highest quality are required. With this in mind, our team in charge of managing the vineyard should pay the utmost attention to every detail.
Opportunity, knowledge and experience are the key: the management of the vineyard requires a series of technical procedures that must be carried out in specific periods throughout the year.
Our agricultural procedures are consistent with the concept of “sustainable agriculture” or “minimal intervention management”, which allows us to reduce and in many instances completely eliminate the use of any chemical.
The valley of Maipo
What does the Maipo Valley have that makes it so different from the rest of the denominations in Chile?
The presence of the Cordillera de los Andes has an important influence on the Maipo vineyards, causing lower temperatures during the ripening period of the grapes. The cool breezes that descend from the slopes of the mountain prevent, in some varieties, an excess in the concentration of sugars in their bunches.
The vineyards near the Cordillera de los Andes have soils composed of fluvial sediments, volcanic ash and other compounds that are key to the personality of Cabernet Sauvignon.
The plants grow with moderate vigor, small clusters and concentrated, the ideal characteristics that give life to the great Chilean reds based on the Cabernet, some of them of world-wide fame.
One of the great challenges is to get the wines identified with the place they come from and differentiate it from other wines, which are increasingly similar.
That is the greatest recognition that can be achieved, beyond marketing, rankings or international medals. Not many wines express the terroir.
Around the world the regions that best express their contributions are: Burgundy, the Rhone, Piedmont and Priorat in Spain.
In our country, the Alto Maipo, an area closer to the mountain range within the valley of the same name, has managed to express the Cabernet Sauvignon in a unique way.