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Espinos Y Cardos, Chile

Between the mountains and the sea, Espinos y Cardos looks to craft subtle, pure expressions of classic international varieties from their two ranges.

Focused on vineyards in Casablanca and Curico, Los Espinos combines cutting edge winemaking with regional typicity to provide a range that is at the beating heart of the country. Santa Macarena is a testament to the individuality and intrigue that so many Chilean wine drinkers are yet to discover. Amazing fruit, grown in the Leyda region 5km from the ocean, so close you can smell it, crafted into a unique expression of the enigmatic Pinot Noir that clearly demonstrates the real quality that lives in this land.

Viticulture

With natural barriers and protection in the form of deserts, mountains and oceans, it really is one of the most exciting places in the world to make wine. Los Espinos combines exceptional, carefully selected fruit from premium vineyards, with expert winemaking. Santa Macarena is testament to the individuality of the perfect single vineyard site. Amazing fruit, grown 5km from the ocean edge.

Winemaking

The winemaking team works with partner growers dedicated to their vines. Their knowledge of the climate, soils and the surrounding nature is imperative to producing quality, memorable wines.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Vineyards were planted under the advice of top global Viticulturalist, Pedro Parra, in the 1990s identifying the optimum site for production of world-class grapes.
  • The most striking vineyard sources, in the Leyda region, are some of the closest to ocean.
  • At the other extreme, Chile is also home to the world's oldest vines. In Itata, they are trialling winemaking with the local Pais variety.