The Elqui Valley, bordering the Atacama Desert, is the northernmost extreme of Chilean viticulture. Here, vines grow 20 km from the sea, thriving in a cool coastal climate and under the powerful maritime influence. Its clayey soils, with their high mineral content, are perfect for white varieties and elegant reds such as Pinot Noir and Syrah.
The vineyard is located in the Las Rojas sector of the Elqui Valley, near the city of La Serena. It has a mild climate with little rainfall, while the minimum and maximum temperatures are regulated by its proximity to the ocean. The "camanchaca," a morning mist from the Pacific Ocean increases the relative humidity of the environment which then decreases considerably in the afternoon. The region has soils of alluvial origin with a large number of rocks eroded by water, alongside soils also of colluvial origin with angular rocks due to the erosion of the hills over time.
(1865 Chardonnay, 1865 Pinot Noir, 1865 Desert Valley, Castillo de Molina Sauvignon Blanc, Kankana del Elqui)
Casablanca is one of Chile's widely known cool-climate valleys, famous for its high quality production of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. It is located in the northern coastal part of the Central Valley, and extends towards the Cordillera de la Costa. This low mountain range allows the morning fog from the Pacific Ocean, known as the “camanchaca” to enter the valley, cooling the vineyards and enhancing the grapes' aromas.
This vineyard is located in the Las Dichas sector of Valparaiso, close to the town of Casablanca. With a continental Mediterranean climate with marked winter and spring frosts, the Las Dichas sector is the coldest in the Valley. Its loam soils stand out for the presence of granite and for their depth.
(Castillo de Molina Chardonnay)
The Leyda Valley is south of Casablanca and is a smaller sub-region within San Antonio. Here, vineyards less than 14 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean are influenced daily by the powerful coastal effects which have created unique growing conditions for varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah.
This vineyard is located very close to the Santo Domingo sector of San Antonio province. Due to its proximity to the sea (just 5 kilometers as the crow flies), it has a cold climate marked by the presence of morning mist. The soils are open, with great porosity and depth allowing the roots freedom to search for nutrients.
(1865 Sauvignon Blanc)
The Maipo Valley has a Mediterranean climate, with marked differences between day and night temperatures. Characterized by wet, cold winters and dry, warm summers, these conditions favor the health of the grapes by enhancing the aromas and flavors of the berries during their ripening. The soils are spongy, clayey, and rocky, and many vines are planted on the riverbanks.
74.8 hectares of vineyards located in the Alto Maipo sector of the community of Buin. In this area of the valley, the Andes mountain range has a strong influence on the climate, contributing to marked fluctuations in temperature. Here, the soils are flat with a large number of stones deposited over thousands of years by the Maipo River.
(1865 Cabernet Sauvignon)
Defined to the north by the Angostura de Paine area, separating the valley from the greater region of Santiago, and to the south by the Angostura de Pelequén, separating it from the Central Valley. The region is approximately 60 kilometers long and 25 kilometers wide and is crossed by the Codegua Estuary, Cachapoal River and Claro de Rengo River.
The valley’s distinct microclimates vary from fresh, in the most elevated vineyards in the foothills of the Andes, to warm and temperate in the areas that surround Rapel Lake along the coastal hills. Here, the soft ocean breezes and the clay-like soils combine to create the conditions for producing some of the best Carmeneres in the country.
This Property consists of 93 hectares located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The area has a Mediterranean climate; hot and dry in summer. The soils are deep alluvial deposits and are quite fertile. Here, the planted varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot y Syrah, with a trellis driving system.
(Castillo de Molina Cabernet Sauvignon, Sideral, Altair)
This 89-hectare property is located in the Cachapoal - Andes sector. It has a mild climate with rainy and cold winters, followed by dry and warm summers. Here, the low, fertile slopes are oriented to provide good sun exposure for the optimal maturity of the grapes. Furthermore, the land has deep, flat, fertile soils that support vineyards with medium and high yields.
(Castillo de Molina Cabernet Sauvignon, 1865 Syrah, Cabo de Hornos)
Colchagua is a large valley in central Chile with a diverse range of soil structures and mesoclimates. To the east, the soils are rocky, with a cooler climate due to the influence of the Andes mountain range. In the center of the valley the soils are clayey with rocks eroded over time by water. Here, a warmer climate is tempered by the cooling effects of the ocean. Finally, the soils to the west are granitic and clayey, with a very dry climate and oceanic influences felt in the mornings.
A property vineyard of 223 hectares located in the province of Colchagua, boasting a warm Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers ideal for the ripening of the grapes. Here, the soils are deep and contain a high clay content. Its natural fertility favors high yields.
An area of 330 hectares located in the province of Colchagua. Its warm, Mediterranean climate features cold, rainy winters and summers with a wide thermal amplitude. The soils are deep silt-clay with good fertility. The conduction system is an open canopy favoring light interception in order to support photosynthesis.
Home to vineyards with gentle rolling hills and well-drained alluvial soils. This is a real paradise for grape-growing, thanks to the Chilean Central Zone’s Mediterranean climate and Pacific Ocean influences. Here, rains reach an annual average of 600 mm, concentrated especially during the winter months (June to September), followed by a lengthy dry season. The mountains create a low temperature corridor, which allows for considerable thermal oscillation across the entire growing season.
A property of 1,129 hectares located in the Maule region. It has a warm Mediterranean climate with a clear influence on the region's coastal dry-farmed land. The soils are varied, and feature areas of clay loam with a high percentage of silt, and some smaller areas that are stone-filled.
(Castillo de Molina Pinot Noir)
This valley boasts one of Viña San Pedro's southernmost vineyards. Pencahue is an area of the valley known for its warm, very dry climate and irregular rocky soils. In such an environment, warm climate Carménère grows comfortably, resulting in wines of great aromatic expression and exceptional structure. At the beginning of the twentieth century, this valley was dedicated to simpler agricultural crops such as grains and legumes, however, it was soon recognized for its great potential for the cultivation of rainfed red varieties, which have excellent natural acidity and elegance.
Here, the climate is characterized by warm springtimes that quickly turn into hot, dry summers, followed by winters with very little rainfall. The soils are flat and varied, highlighting loamy, clayey, sandy, and granitic soils, which are shallow due to the compacted clay at the surface.
(Castillo de Molina Syrah, 1865 Carménère, Tierras Moradas Carménère)
An area of 432 hectares located in the southern Maule region, in the province of Linares. Here, rainy winters and very hot summers characterize the area and allow for good ripening of the grapes. The deep soils are mostly loamy clay, allowing the vines to receive ample nutrients
Located 800 km south of Santiago, Bío-Bio is one of Chile’s southernmost winemaking regions, enjoying a Mediterranean climate with warm days and cool nights resulting in a long ripening season. Though it has a higher average rainfall than the rest of the country, local winds prevent humidity from having a detrimental effect on plant health. Bío-Bio offers a great diversity of terroirs for white varieties and cooler climate reds such as Pinot Noir. Particularly notable among these are Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürtztraminer, and Pinot Noir, which are quickly gaining international recognition. This region’s wines are refreshing, modern, and aromatic.
The Buchahueico property is in the foothills of the Nahuelbuta mountains in the Purén area of the Malleco Valley in the Araucanía region. It is divided into two 2.5-hectare vineyards each on gently sloping land, with north-west and south exposure. They have very old, red-coloured soils of granitic origin with a clay-loam texture and abundant quartz and granite. These are acidic soils (pH 5.2-5.5), and this needs to be corrected with agricultural lime to make them neutral. These soils lend the wine vibrant acidity.
(Tayu 1865 Pinot Noir)