History and Background
Almaviva was established in 1996 as a joint venture between two wine giants: Viña Concha y Toro of Chile and Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Bordeaux, France. This collaboration aimed to create a world-class wine in Chile that combined the tradition of Bordeaux winemaking with the unique terroir of the Maipo Valley.
Vineyards and Terroir
Almaviva's vineyards are situated in the Puente Alto appellation, one of the most renowned wine-growing regions in the Maipo Valley. The terroir here is characterized by:
Climate: A Mediterranean climate with a marked difference between day and night temperatures, ensuring optimal ripening of the grapes.
Soil: Gravelly and well-draining soils, which are ideal for producing concentrated and complex wines.
Altitude: The vineyards benefit from the cooling influence of the Andes Mountains, adding freshness and structure to the wines.
Wine Style and Production
Almaviva produces a single wine, a red blend inspired by Bordeaux's grand cru wines. The blend typically includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. The wine is known for its elegance, depth, and aging potential.
The winemaking process at Almaviva is a blend of tradition and innovation. While the techniques are deeply rooted in Bordeaux traditions, they are adapted to the unique conditions of the Maipo Valley. The result is a wine that reflects its Chilean origin while resonating with the finesse of Bordeaux's finest.
Since its inception, Almaviva has garnered international acclaim, consistently receiving high scores from wine critics and establishing itself as one of Chile's flagship wines. Its reputation is built on its consistent quality, the pedigree of its parent companies, and its ability to showcase the potential of Chilean terroir.
Almaviva stands as a symbol of the successful fusion of Old World tradition and New World potential. It not only represents the collaborative spirit of two wine powerhouses but also highlights the capability of the Maipo Valley to produce wines that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the world's best. For enthusiasts seeking the pinnacle of Chilean wine, Almaviva is a must-try.