Owner

Guillermo Toro

Winemaker

Fernando Espina

Varieties

Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Carmenère, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay

Vineyard

Located on a stretch of pristine land between the Andes Mountains and Costal Mountain Range, Viña Chocalán has 340 hectares of land benefiting from a unique microclimate in the Maipo Valley. Located just 35 km in a straight line from the Pacific Ocean, with cool evenings, the sea breeze creates a contrast between day and night, allowing for a slow ripening of the fruit. The vineyard is frost free and 30% of the vines are planted on hillsides with Northwest sun exposure. Shaped as an amphitheater, plantations have different exposures to the sun for 300 days a year. The slopes have well-drained limestone soils Furthermore, this strong maritime influence -in addition to the cool climate condition influenced by the Maipo River which is located 1 km from the estate-, allows this terroir to produce high quality red wines, with intense colors, freshness, and a natural acidity. The white wines from Maipo used for our Reserve range are planted near the river using clonal material that allows maximum varietal expression, as well as a careful and proper management of the vineyard for harvest.

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About Vina Chocalan

Viña Chocalan was founded by Chilean businessman Guillermo Toro Gonzalez who had been a bottle supplier to the wine industry for many years. In 1998 Guillermo found his desired location in Melipilla, roughly half way between Santiago and the coast. The name Chocalan comes from the indigenous name for the spring blossoms that would cover the hillsides and turn them yellow each year. With the selection of this priviledged location to start their winery, the first harvest was completed in 2001. Additional vineyards were acquired in 2005 in the San Antonio Valley, known for its cool climate due to its proximity to the ocean.

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