AT A GLANCE:
Position: No 17
Name of wine estate: Viña Errázuriz
Wine region: Aconcagua Valley
Standout points: Super-modern Samuel Claro-designed winery; iconic Chilean Bordeaux blends
Winemaker: Francisco Baettig
Wine style: New World Bordeaux-style blends
Something in the air…
There is something about the clarity of the air in the Aconcagua Valley of Chile, refreshed by ocean breezes to the west and Andean currents to the east, which makes the view seem almost unreal in its sun-drenched grandeur. The impressive Viña Errázuriz estate is located 90km north of Santiago in the Aconcagua sub-region of Panquehue – regarded by some as the perfect terroir for grapes like Cabneret Sauvignon and Carmenère. Add to that the skilled winemaking of Francisco Baettig and you have the recipe for a bona fide red wine lover’s paradise.
Tradition meets modernity
The historic cellar built by Don Maximiano Errázuriz in 1870 sits right next to an iconic modern winery complex designed by architect Samuel Claro and built in 2010. The contrast between the two is a marvel to behold: on the one hand, the age-softened charms of the old bricks-and-mortar traditional cellar, which today houses an historic collection of Viña Errázuriz’s most iconic wines; on the other, a James Bond-like vision of swish modernity, a winery conceived as a ship sailing through a sea of vines, combining the very latest winery technology, and geothermal and solar energy use.
The Don of winery tours
Naturally, tours and tastings at this trend-setting estate are designed to impress. For the true wine enthusiast, the Don Maximiano Icon Visit is highly recommended. This will give you an insight into Viña Errázuriz’s place in Chilean wine history, and includes a tour of the underground cellars and vineyards. You will also visit the Icon Winery and learn how the estate’s Icon wines are made there. The tour culminates in a tasting of three Errázuriz wines in the Icon Bodega tasting room.