In 1996, winemaker Alvaro Espinoza and his family planted 2 acres in Alto Maipo, trying to fulfill a family dream that existed for decades. This dream was a deep desire to make a personal, handcrafted, instinctively guided wine with the conviction to express the noble soils of Maipo honestly.Continue reading
Since the beginning, Antiyal has been 100% family-owned. We opened the path for boutique premium production and organic agriculture in a national scenario of big companies and conventional farming. These values continue to guide our winery and stand today as pioneers in practicing biodynamics in Chile.
The quality of the wines we have obtained has served as inspiration for other projects, which have ventured into sustainable, organic, and biodynamic practices.
In 2003 we planted the "El Escorial" estate in the rocky soils of the Andean foothill. There we grow over 25 acres of vineyards divided in Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Syrah, Petit Verdot, and Grenache. Our wines come from the vineyards that we cultivate, following a holistic approach, respecting the terroir's character, and conserving its habitat.
Every year, we produce around 50,000 bottles of wine representing this privileged valley in specific markets such as France, Germany, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Sweden, and China.
One of the first Chilean reds crafted at a small scale and with biodynamically grown grapes, This blend seeks to find the right balance between its different grapes to show the characteristics that make Maipo a world-class valley for reds. With Carmenere as the main actor, this wine expresses vitality and balance. Various layers of aromas. Deep yet delicate, gentle, and a little spicy to the palate.
Ageing: 10% in concrete egg tanks for one year. The rest goes to French oak barrels for sixteen to eighteen months
Grapes: Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah.
You are not going to find another wine like this.
All the fruit (100% Carmenere) comes from one single block, our estate’s best block (block 7, planted in 2003). Hand-picked and gently fermented just with the field native yeast. Ageing is made exclusively in egg shape concrete tanks. This wine doesn't touch any wood. We want to bring you the pure and most honest expression of this emblematic grape and these noble volcanic soils of the Maipo mountain.
Ageing: Cement egg-shaped tanks for twelve months
Kuyen is the Mapuche word for moon. The moon, just like the sun, has a deep relation with organic and biological energies. Ancient farmers knew this, and they used to follow its natural rhythms to farm the soil for thousands of years without the use of chemicals. This blend is our tribute to these wise people and their methods, forgotten by conventional-chemical agriculture. This is a high voltage Red, great fruit expression; complex, earthy, and spicy. Worthy aging.
Ageing: Twelve months in French oak barrels (1/3 new, 1/3 second use, and 1/3 third use)
Grapes: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Petit Verdot.
Cabernet sauvignon is one of the most important grapes in Chile, and especially in the Maipo region. It is very well adapted to the conditions and has been historically the one to bring prestige to the country due to great performances. This wine is our versión of a straight Cabernet. Here, we want to show how our biodynamic practices equip this wine with a unique character, excellent balance, and a sense of vitality. Easy to approach, it shows lovely berries and pepper notes. Velvety tannins. Ready to drink.
Ageing: Ten months in Frech oak barrels.
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
From his past as the winemaker of Carmen Vineyards, Alvaro Espinoza was involved in the first approach of making Carmenere in Chile. Its rediscovery was recent when they ventured to work it as a diverse variety of Merlot, with which it was confused for decades. It was another grape, and therefore a winemaking process had to be developed differently, trying to remove those elements that made it difficult for the world to appreciate. Now, after more than 25 years, we have achieved mastery in Carmenere. Pura Fe Carmenere is the proof of it. A wine with great expression but at the same time light, elegant, fresh, and easy to enjoy.
Ageing: Ten months in French oak barrels.
Garnacha – Syrah
This blend is inspired by one of our global favorites: those vibrant wines made in the hills of the Rhône. The challenge is to achieve this complicity between these two varieties in our Maipo terroirs, where we find other characteristics. Garnacha plants grow on the alluvial basalt rocks of what was once the Inca River—achieving different aromatic layers with sweet and floral notes. The percentage of Syrah (30% approximately) provides the ripe notes and a great medium body.
Ageing: Ten months in French oak barrels.
Grapes: Garnacha, Syrah
Our wines come from our family estate in Alto Maipo. All certified organic by Ecocert and Biodynamic by Demeter
Coming from a family related to vineyards, Espinoza's career has located him among the Chilean organic and biodynamic scene's main actors. Besides that, he is part of the best-awarded winemakers in the country.
Graduated as a winemaker by the University of Bordeaux, Alvaro had worked a lot making red wines, especially in Maipo Valley. He was the head winemaker in Carmen and helped craft Chile's first Carmenere bottles in 1994.
One season in Mendocino County (Fetzer Vineyards) defined his vision to move seriously into organics. There he also learned about Biodynamics.
California already was one of the world's top producers by the nineties and one of the vanguards in organic farming. Alvaro met the movement leaders, including Alan York, an international consultant and friend who helped in the design of Antiyal later.
In 1996 Alvaro and his wife Marina planted something more than one acre in Huelquén, giving birth to this family affair with the first vintage in 1998.
Currently, Alvaro consults other wineries and works half-time making the wines at Antiyal and taking care of the ranch. Alvaro's wines always seek a true expression of the place, brightness, and balance.
His contribution to Chilean wine made his peers worldwide name him among the thirty most influential winemakers in a publication of the English magazine Decanter in 2015.
We chose this approach because it provides a more authentic expression of the individuality of this terroir. In Biodynamics, we minimize the external agricultural input. We want to create a clean and healthy environment for the plants, bring the soil back to its natural state and express its unique conditions in the wines.
We see the Earth as a living entity and, to keep it fertile, we must keep it alive! We do this by stimulating the microbiology with biodynamic preparations, which consist of various medicinal flowers fermented in specific containers and cow dung preparations. These processes generate an exponential growth of microbes on substrates, both in quantity and diversification. These are then applied to the soil and plants at specific times of the agricultural year (lunar calendar), increasing levels of microbiology, organic matter and facilitating the relationship between nutrients and roots.
In Biodynamics, we treat the vineyard as an individual organism and respect the natural rhythms of nature. We seek the growth and diversification of biology and organize our various agricultural tasks following the lunar calendar and the cosmos' movements in their relationship with the soil's biological processes. All this goes hand in hand with our understanding of matter as a manifestation of subtle and invisible energies. We seek to equip our wines with these energies; they are living wines that transform every time you approach the glass!
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