The first Chilean winery to grow vineyards with the Bordeaux varieties.
It all began in 1851 when a young Silvestre Ochagavia started a revolution in national winemaking by planting the first French varieties in Santiago. With more than 165 years of existence and pioneers of chilean viticulture, Viña Ochagavia creates disctintive and passionate wines for the world to enjoy.
Before the independence of Chile, Silvestre Ochagavia Echazarreta orders the construction of the Casona Lo Ochagavia estate house in the heart of the city of Santiago. 50 years later, the luxurious colonial mansion welcomes the birth of Don Silvestre, the owner’s grandson and future founder of Viña Ochagavia.
The Casona Lo Ochagavia is used as headquarters and training camp for the Liberation Army under the command of José de San Martín.
Once in the possession of a law degree and with a deep passion for wine, Don Silvestre decides to engage in politics and takes on the challenge of becoming the Minister of Foreign Affairs under the administration of President Manuel Bulnes. The position requires him to travel on numerous occasions to the Old Continent, where he decides to settle down and make a home in Bordeaux, France.
After four years studying with French enologists, Don Silvestre decides to return to Chile and apply the knowledge and the techniques learned in the Ochagavia estates. He brings with him a group of seasoned specialists together with the first cuttings of fine Bordeaux varieties.
Following the example set by Don Silvestre, new wineries begin to emerge in Chile and production of Bordeaux varieties becomes a professional activity. Many realize how well the new cultivars adapt to the Chilean fields and quickly understand the central zone’s potential for growing quality wines.
A law restricting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages is enacted during the administration of President Arturo Alessandri Palma. To cope with the new legislation, wineries begin to export their products.
The CWB group led by the Larraín family acquires Viña Ochagavia from Consorcio Vitivinícola de Chile.
Today, Viña Ochagavia sells its wines in more than 30 countries around the world. A true achievement for Don Silvestre, who always believed in the potential of this small corner of the southern hemisphere to produce wines that would delight the world.
Viña Ochagavia offers Bordeaux legacy wines with grapes harvested from the best valleys of Chile. Our wines stand out for their character, elegance and passion, attributes that give tribute to our founder and father of Chilean viticulture: Mr. Silvestre Ochagavia.
Commanded by our Chief Winemaker Ivan Martinovic, our enologist team is constantly improving and working every day for maintaining the quality and consistency in our Ochagavia wines.
Our quality is not a coincidence. Viña Ochagavia is present from the western Pacific Ocean to the eastern Los Andes, always seeking the best terroirs in the most recognized valleys.
The Limarí Valley is located some 400 kilometers north of Santiago, at the same latitude as the city of Ovalle. Its topography is characterized by transversal valleys, where the Coastal Range and the Andes intertwine to form river valleys that converge and give birth to the Limarí river. Moisture carried by the sea breeze condenses into a thick fog called “Camanchaca” that refreshes the vineyards and provides plenty of water before the scorching afternoon hours. Even though the first vineyards were admittedly established more than 400 years ago, it wasn’t until 1990 that the valley’s viticultural potential for cultivars like Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and very especially Chardonnay was discovered.
The Leyda valley is located approximately 90 kilometers west of Santiago, just 10 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. It has earned a reputation for the high quality of its white wines, especially its elegant cool-climate Sauvignon Blancs. Its proximity to the coast results in great marine influence, which reflects upon the nice acidity of these wines and their outstanding citrusy and mineral flavors. The valley is a relatively new viticultural region. Its first plantations were established in the early 2000s and have also produced excellent Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay.
The Maipo valley has always stood out for its premium red wines. The undisputed star is Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Merlot, Syrah and Carmenère. It is located south-east of the city of Santiago in the Metropolitan Region, at approximately 800 meters above sea level. The quality of this terroir is greatly determined by the Maipo river, which runs for approximately 250 kilometers from the border with Argentina until its mouth in the San Antonio valley.
The Rapel valley has also been called Chile’s “agricultural paradise”. It is composed of two main sub-valleys: Cachapoal, where the main varieties are Merlot and Carmenère, and Colchagua, where Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the scene. These valleys present distinct seasons during the year, with temperatures over 30°C in summer and abundant rains in fall and winter. Its main tributaries are the Cachapoal, Tinguiririca and Rapel rivers.
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