O. Fournier’s exciting new project in Chile, while still in its early stages, has all the signs of being as equally impressive as their highly successful venture in Argentina. The Maule region, some 300km south of Santiago, has some of the oldest vineyards in Chile. O. Fournier has already signed long-term agreements with producers in the area, whose vineyards range from 65 to 120 years old, making them the only winery in Chile to produce wines exclusively from old vines. These old-vine dry-farming vineyards produce intensely-flavoured grapes of great balance and complexity, resulting in wines with exceptional characteristics and personality.
Plans are in place for a brand new state-of-the-art facility to be built into the ruins of a winery dating back to the 19th century. The aim is to maintain as much of the original winery building as possible while incorporating the latest winemaking technology.
A new winery is also under development for white wine production in the increasingly fashionable region of Leyda in the San Antonio valley north of Santiago. Proximity to the Pacific Ocean provides cooling afternoon breezes that create the perfect conditions for the production of the elegant Centauri Sauvignon Blanc.