The Maipo valley is the world’s only wine region with vineyards within the urban limits of a capital city with more than 6.000.000 habitants. The valley is home to the highest number of wineries in Chile.
Its Mediterranean climate is stable, with well-defined, seasons and low risk of rainfall during the harvest period, which secures ideal conditions for the development of wine growing and production where some of the country’s best Cabernet sauvignon wines are produced.
The Maipo valley bounds to the east with the Andes Mountains and to the west with the Coastal Mountains, with a natural gradient from 1.000 m over sea level at east to 500 m average over sea level at west. This topography makes vineyards extends in a smooth slope. Generally, vineyards follow the course of the Maipo river from the Andes bottom to the southwest of Santiago.
The annual average temperature is 14º C. Rain concentrates from April to September with an annual average of 330 mm.
Our Chono and Rayun Reserva : Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, San Lorenzo Estate Organic Chardonnay and our San Lorenzo Estate Blend come from the San Lorenzo vineyard, located in Isla de Maipo. In this area the Mediterranean climate counts with persistent and cooling coastal winds during the afternoons. The high temperature difference between day and night (thermal oscillation may reach 20º C (About 70º F)) allow a slow and gentle ripening of the grapes, allowing us to produce intense flavored fruit with great expression and aromas and soft tannins. The vineyard has been managed organically since 1994.
San Lorenzo presents alluvial soils with excellent drainage and offers good radicular aeration, with some stones and a low natural fertility. Yields are properly controlled to 6 -10 ton/ha, which gives good concentration on the fruits. Harvest started by the end of April with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Beginning of May we usual harvest Syrah and Petite Sirah and finished mid May with Carménère.