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Los Vascos

Huge winery in Las Condes 40 kilometers from the Pacific coast in Chile. The Echeñique family, who immigrated from the Basque Country, planted around 1750 in the Colchagua Valley the first vines. As a result, property increased, but the rise was abruptly stopped by expropriation during the Allende period in 1970. In the mid-1970s, the Eyzaguirre-Echenique family bought back the expropriated areas. New areas were planted and an underground artificial one irrigation fitted. In 1981, as a tribute to the roots, the name was changed to the current name "Los Vascos" (German: "The Basque"). The property covered 2,200 hectares, but only a small part of it was planted with vines. In 1988 the winery was acquired by the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (to the company of the French branch of the Rothschild that also belongs Château Lafite-Rothschild ). Extensive investments were made under the direction of Gilbert Rokvam, Lafite-Rothschild's technical director. The cellar master in charge is Claudio Naranjo.

The existing vineyards were restructured, new areas planted, irrigation secured by drilling and a weather station set up. Furthermore, a large guest house was built in the traditional Chilean style. The total property covers 3,400 hectares, of which 580 hectares are planted with vines. This is mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as smaller areas with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The premium wines include the red wines "Le Dix de Los Vascos" (12 to 14 months in new barriques) and "Los Vascos Grande Réserve" (12 months in 50% new barriques) produced from Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the White wines "Los Vascos Chardonnay" and "Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc". Around 3.5 million bottles of wine are produced annually, with the majority being exported to the United States and many European countries.

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