While Ricardo Santos has built a reputation on Malbec, he has always desired to make a crisp, fruity white wine to pair with simple, classic foods. Recently, he was inspired by the Semillon grapes that his friend and neighbor Roberto Azzareto grows on his 70-year-old vineyard. A citrusy Semillon with just a hint of gooseberry, then a really attractive interplay of waxy, creamy character with lively acidity, the finish long and dry. A flexible food-wine but also great as a sipper.
Viña Maquis is a top producer in the Colchagua Valley, known for their expressive bottlings of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Carmenere based wines. This producer is a great example of how the Colchagua Valley is Chile’s Bordeaux. The Hurtado family has owned the Viña Maquis vineyard for more than a century, but it wasn’t until almost 20 years ago that the family decided to make their own wine out of the terrific grapes in their own backyard. They built a state-of-the-art gravity flow winery and set out to make the Maquis winery one of the great properties in all of South America.