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Yumbel Estación, Maule

Maricio Gonzalez Carreño is one of the partners in Tinto de Rulo but he also makes very small batches of wine under his own label. In 2015 he took over an abandoned 200 year-old vineyard of País vines on volcanic, sandy soils near Yumbel.

He is slowly and thoughtfully restoring this typical small farm, nurturing the old bush vines in the same way they would have been looked after in the 19th Century, without any irrigation or chemicals. He has also restored the dilapidated mudbrick winery where he vinifies traditionally, fermenting and ageing his Pipeño in 80 year-old vessels made of raulí (native Chilean beech).  Talking passionately about the importance of patrimonie he explains his desire to work and live as his predecessors did - he is an inspiring advocate for a different and much simpler way of life. This Yumbel bottling is from a single slope with very sandy soils and an ideal aspect, the wine has more structure and intensity than those from the surrounding slopes and is one of the very best Pais wines we have tasted from Chile.

Yumbel Estación