Soon to be one the great Chilean wineries, the young Maquis properties are located in the Colchagua Valley, specifically on an island between two rivers. For centuries those rivers helped deposit alluvial sediments on to the present day vineyards. The rivers also act as pathways for cool coastal breezes creating an ideal location for grape cultivation. Winemakers Ricardo Rivadeneira and Rodrigo Romero make wines that reflect the extraordinary geography of their vineyards at Viña Maquis.
As part of his formula to make great wines, Ricardo has hired viticulturist Xavier Choné to advise and help define the Maquis terroir. Xavier is an expert at controlling "vigor" or the stress on the grape vines by considering irrigation and soil content. The objective is to achieve smaller, more concentrated fruit yielding richer wines that are lower in alcohol. As the grapes are harvested and fermented Ricardo and Rodrigo turn to Eric Boissenot, master blender. Eric picks up where his late father, Jacques Boissenot (world renowned, master blender), left off and helps steer the Maquis varietals into exhibiting their best characteristics and inherent quality of the land from which they originated.
Maquis continues to gain respect as a top Chilean winery with the Cabernet Franc leading the way. Visit this page for scores and reviews of this year's notable Maquis wines: Maquis Press
Just released: Outstanding scores for our newest vintages with current wines receiving “Exceptional” and 90+ scores. Be sure to visit our 'Press Reviews' page for a full listing:
93 points: 2012 Apaltagua Envero Carmenere “A top carmenere -blueberries, minerals, slate and hints of sandalwood aromas and flavors. Full body, integrated tannins… a long finish.” -James Suckling Report, August 2014
93 points: 2012 Meli Dueño de la Luna Carignan “Raspberry, blueberry and mineral character plus hints of roses. Full body, fine tannins and long finish. Serious and bright. All in balance. From old vines.”-James Suckling Report, August 2014
92 points: 2010 Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon “Fascinating aromas of green chili and dark fruits with hints of black licorice. Full body, silky tannins and a beautiful finish… makes you want to drink it.”-James Suckling Report, August 2014
91 points: 2012 Antiyal Red Blend “Clear and bright red fruits such as raspberries and blueberries with hints of vanilla. Full body, fine tannins and a bright finish.”-James Suckling Report, August 2014
Exceptional (Five stars): 2012 William Cole Columbine Special Reserve Pinot Noir “supple, full bodied, lightly toasty in flavor, with distinct Pinot Noir character (plum, cranberry, rosehips), good balance, and a long finish.”-Restaurant Wine, August 2014
Exceptional (Five stars): 2013 Albamar Sauvignon Blanc “Extremely distinct in character (lime, passion fruit, pineapple, guava, grapefruit), medium bodied, crisp, and long on the finish.”-Restaurant Wine, August 2014
Exceptional (Five Stars): 2013 Albamar Chardonnay “A crisp, full bodied Chardonnay with a long palate impression, good balance, and a very persistent finish, tasting of pear, grapefruit, and peach.”-Restaurant Wine, August 2014
Exceptional (Five Stars): 2011 Calcu Cabernet Franc “Intense fruitiness (black currant, cherry, plum), modest herbal character, and slightly toasty overtones. It is full bodied, balanced, and lightly tannic on the finish.”-Restaurant Wine, August 2014
Follow this link to our best scores on our newest wines for Fall 2014!