The Don Maximiano and Max vineyards are located in the Valle de Aconcagua, a region with long, dry summers of moderately warm days cooled by soft evening breezes blowing in from the Pacific Ocean. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Carmenere grapes are sourced from our Max II and Max V vineyards, planted in 1992 and 1993, respectively. The Petit Verdot comes from the Don Maximiano vineyard, planted between 1978 and 1999. Most of the vineyards are planted on northern or north-eastern facing hillsides with 5° to 25° of slope. The soils in the Don Maximiano vineyard consist of a thin layer of pulverized granite, while the Max II soils are colluvial in origin, with 30%–40% stone content. Both of these soil types provide good drainage and low to moderate vigour potential, which encourages a natural balance of vegetative growth and fruit load in the individual vines. The 50% stone content in the deep alluvial soils of Max V provide excellent drainage and produce well-balanced plants with moderate vigour. The vertically-trained vines are spur- and cane-pruned, depending on the variety and specific conditions in the vineyard. Aerial photographs allow us to identify different sectors within each vineyard and harvest these individually according to the progress of the berries in each block.
Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Viña Errazuriz in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley, 100 kms North of the Capital, Santiago. Recognising that this valley, with its cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard.
Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano's descendant, Eduardo Chadwick. Eduardo is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business.
Eduardo has overseen the modernisation of the winemaking technology at this historic estate while maintaining a distinct identity for its wines. Dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality, Errazuriz has built a reputation as the "Best of Chile".
Errazuriz's philosophy is best expressed by Don Maximiano who said, "From the best land, the best wine". As an estate winery, Viña Errazuriz strives to produce the finest wines by controlling every stage of the winemaking process, from grape growing in the Aconcagua, Casablanca and Curico valleys, to winemaking with the most natural techniques. An emphasis is placed on the delicate handling of the wines, with the aim of producing wines with elegance and complexity. It is his dynamism and passion for wine that has made Errazuriz such an internationally respected producer of quality wines.