Volcanic activity in Chile has given rise to fertile soils; young, virgin land that has scarcely been developed and abounds with natural potential. These soils are rich in minerals such magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, iron and above all, silica.
The soils have unusually low levels of organic material and a varied texture with differing levels of sand, loam, clay and pyroclastic fragments.
The Cauquenes Estate (Maule Region) is located 400 kilometres south of Santiago to the west of the Coastal Mountains.
Large granite intrusions, formed from the cooled magma of a volcanic arc which was active 200 million years ago, were exposed to the surface by erosion and tectonic uplift and eventually worn away by the wind and rain to create well-structured, permeable, mineral rich soils that are ideal for viticulture.
•The presence of iron oxide lends a granitic, reddish colour to these soils.
•Varieties planted: Syrah, Carignan, Grenache and Mourvedre (Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier).
Lomas de Leyda Estate
Leyda is located 90 kilometres west of Santiago and 14 kilometres from the Pacific Ocean, near the port city of San Antonio (Valparaíso region).
Similar to our Cauquenes Estate, the terroir here is composed of intrusive igneous rocks from the magmatic arc, also known as the “coastal batholith”.
As well as these excellent soil conditions, the proximity of the Pacific Ocean adds a marine influence, creating an unusual terroir that is full of potential.
• 7 hectares.
• The presence of iron oxide lends a granitic, reddish colour to these soils.
• Varieties planted: Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Alto Maipo-La Higuera Estate
Our La Higuera Estate is located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in the Los Morros sector of Maipo Alto (Metropolitan Region).
This unique terroir contains pyroclastic particles from volcanic eruptions during the Upper Cretaceous period, more than 65 million years ago.
The soils also contain fluvial and glacial-fluvial volcanic deposits from the high Andes.
•Volcanic soils formed by pyroclastic or explosive eruptions.
•Varieties planted: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Syrah and Mourvedre.