After studying oenology and working as a
viticulturist for commercial wineries for many years, Maricio
Gonzalez Carreño and his family decided "to live with our hands in
our own soil", to work and live as his ancestors did.
This project seeks only to show the strength of their old vines
and our soils. In honour of their campesinos they live very simply
as their workers do, where wine is part of everyday life.In 2015
Maricio Gonzalez Carreño took over an abandoned 200-year-old
vineyard of País vines with its original mudbrick winery and began
restoring it. The soils are volcanic sand over granite and he has
divided the site into two terroirs and two wines based on altitude.
He vinifies traditionally, fermenting and ageing his Pipeño in 80
year-old vessels made of raulí (native Chilean beech) without the
addition of Sulphur. He similarly farms in the old way growing bush
vines that have never been irrigated or had chemical additions
since they were planted in the early 19th century.