Profile of Von Siebenthal Winery

Von Siebenthal Winery,  Aconcagua Valley, Chile

This recently established, Swiss-owned estate is one of Chile's best kept secrets, a boutique operation that consistently produces a range of top-notch reds, some of the country's finest. Von Siebenthal is based in the Panquehue sub-region of Aconcagua, until recently a relatively unknown part of the Chilean viticultural landscape. With a mere 25 hectares of vineyards, this is a minute player by local standards. Small quantities of striking and seductive wines are made, under the stewardship of the property's owner, Mauro Von Siebenthal. It is his dedication and absolute passion for quality winemaking that has propelled Von Siebtheal towards the ranks of Chile's best niche producers.

Mauro is a long time wine lover but has only recently focused his energies into wine production. In fact, until 2009 he ran a successful legal firm in the Swiss town of Locarno, where he was partially based until the call of Chile was too much to resist. After 25 years of law books and judgements, he dreamed of planting vineyards in Europe but the often stifling bureaucracy and appellation rules drove him to look further afield. After enjoying many a bottle of Chilean wine, he finally decided upon founding his winery in Panquehue, a sub-region of the Aconcagua Valley. He began planting red varieties in 1997, taking full advantage of the exceptional terroir the area gave him. For the next 12 years, Mauro divided his time between Switzerland and Chile, never was a man more busy or dedicated to ensuring that his wines were of the highest quality. A chance meeting with Oenologist Stefano Gandolini was the final piece of the puzzle, when Robert Parker awarded his Carmenere 97 points, Mauro knew he had achieved what he set out to. And yet, this was just the beginning.

Today, the estate continues to strive to craft the best possible wines that reflect a sense of place; every vintage is another hallmark that Mauro sets out to achieve. The secret of their success has always been based on the passion and drive of Mauro and the unique terroir which he quickly sought to cultivate. The vineyards are planted on exceptional, hillside sites, the sandy, stony soils are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah while the low-lying clay-limestone soils suit their Merlot and Cabernet Franc. All the wines show a vibrancy that is unmatched in the region, rich, structured but opulent wines that brim with spicy, ripe blackberry fruit. With growing conditions that offer over 320 days of sunlight, ideal soils and almost no risk of disease, you can see why locals refer to Panquehue as a winemaking paradise.

Wines Produced

Carabantes Wines 85% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot. Named after the Spanish priest, Francisco de Carabantes who brought the first vines to Chile in 1554. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in French oak for 6 months.
Montelig 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot,5% Carmenere. Fermented in stainless steel tanks for and aged in French oak for 12 months. The flagship wine of the property.
Montelig 90% Carmenere, 30% Merlot 15% Cabernet Franc. Produced from old vines planted on stony soils in the Aconcagua Valley. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in French oak for 4 months.
Parcela 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for 4 months in French oak. A wine for early drinking.
Toknar 100% Petit Verdot. The flagship, varietal wine of the property. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for 24 months in French oak.
Tatay De Cristobal 90% Carmenere, 10% Petit Verdot. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for 21 months in French oak.

Winery Facts & Figures

Region: Aconcagua Valley
Founded: 1997
Owners: Mauro von Siebenthal
Winemaker: Stefano Gandolini
Area under Vine: 25 hectares
Oak: French Barriques
Age of Vines: 30 years+
Grape Varietals: Carmenere, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Production: 150,000 bottles per annum

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