- COMMENDED (2015) International Wine Challenge 2016
The Errázuriz winery was established in 1870 by Don Maximiano Errázuriz who recognised the potential of the Aconcagua Valley’s Mediterranean climate for premium wine production. The pioneering spirit remains to this day as, under the guidance of Don Maximiano’s descendant Eduardo Chadwick, Errázuriz has been responsible for a number of firsts in the Chilean wine industry, such as the development of hillside and coastal vineyards at Aconcagua Costa, recognised as a new denomination of origin (DO) by Chilean wine-law in 2012.
The original winery has undergone extensive redevelopment recently with the addition of a new icon winery for the production of their premium wines. Set alongside the original buildings, the stunning modern architecture, combined with the latest sustainable techniques, offers the winemakers space and flexibility to craft top wines.
Since 2010, driven by winemaker Francisco Baettig, a ‘purist’ approach to winemaking has been adopted at Errázuriz; to allow the character of each individual terroir to come through in the wines. The aim is to make wines with more elegance and balance, with fresher, fruit purity. Alongside vineyard developments in canopy management and earlier harvesting; less extractive vinification processes, minimum racking and changes in maturation container materials and shapes has been employed in the winery.
Errázuriz is one of the first Chilean wineries to earn the Certification of Sustainability granted by Vinos de Chile and the Vinnova-Tecnovid Consortium. This demonstrates the company’s commitment to improving many aspects of their wine production, including measuring and reducing their energy usage, their carbon footprint and the water they use.