Condor Wines - Wine with Altitude
 
     
 

In 1961 Santiago Achurra Larrain acquired Vina Requingua in Curico Valley and, although the winery came with 1000 hectares, at that time there were just 40 planted and the winery itself was very small. 

Up until the mid 1980’s the winery sold exclusively to the domestic market distributing wine in the then popular 5 litre and 15 litre jugs.

 

In order to reach out to international markets the winery attended its first Vinexpo in 1987 and in 1990 the winery was overhauled and updated. Vina Requingua purchased their own bottling line in 2000 and soon after they were joined by French winemaker Benoit Fitte, he has led the successful development of more premium wines to complement their great-value range of entry to mid-level wine.  He has made an exceptional contribution to quality at the winery leading up to a proud moment when their ‘2010 Potro de Piedra Family Reserve’ was awarded a trophy for ‘Best Chilean Red Wine’ at the ‘Catad'Or W Awards’ in 2013.

Today Vina Requingua is led by Santiago’s son ‘Santiago Achurra Jnr’, they are amongst Chile’s top 20 wineries and export to over 30 countries.  They have 500 hectares dedicated to their own vines with another 500 hectares under long-term contract growers.  The vineyards are located in 3 valleys - Curicó, Maule and Colchagua - where varied soils and a mild-Mediterranean-like climate with dry summers, radiant days and cool nights help the grapes attain the maximum potential.  They have learned how to maximise the expression of terroirs in each and every one of their wines, which deliver exceptional value as well as uniqueness at every level.

 
 
 
Founder Santiago Achurra Larrain
 
Chief Winemaker Benoit Fitte
 
     
 
     
 
   

Representing the 5th generation of the Bordeaux Lurton Family, François Lurton is World renowned for creating distinctive wines and, although he has been making wine in Chile since 1992, it was not until 2000 that he found the perfect ‘cool, ocean influence’ location at Lolol in the Colchagua Valley.

François immediately realised that the terrior had lots of potential, with its gravel schist soils and cool climate providing ideal conditions for producing complex wines. He was the first to plant vines in this picturesque valley which lies east-to-west and funnels cool air from the Pacific, 40 kilometres away.

 
 

Today there are 26 hectares of vines and many of the wines are certified organic, but in 2007 he took on a Biodynamic consultant to transfer the vines into Biodynamy. Today this has been 100% adopted in their vineyard and they have found that their wines have substantially increased in their aromatic complexity.  François believes that “producing wine as naturally as possible is good for the environment, good for consumers, and tastes better!”

The climate here is hot during the day and very dry, although this east-west valley channels "Humo Blanco" (white fog) from the Pacific and this aids in cooling the vines and providing some water. Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Carmenere all thrive here and the Lurton’s are bringing a touch of old World French elegance to the new World.  Francois even goes as far as saying “If I were a vine, I would choose to be planted in Chile.”

   
Humo Blanco: the white fog
 
The location of Hacienda Araucano
 
 
 
 
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