The Matetic family arrived in Chile some 100 years ago and acquired large haciendas in the southern tip of the country which they used for sheep and dairy farming. It was in 1999 that the family bought the estate in the San Antonio Valley and turned their hand to winemaking. They are now one of the most revered wine producers in Chile and have been awarded a plethora of prestigious awards including Wine & Spirit’s magazine Winery of the Year award in 2014.
Just 15 km from the sea, the Rosario Valley in San Antonio DO benefits from cooling sea breezes and the estate sees great differences in diurnal temperature - in the height of summer, the temperature can vary from 27C in the afternoon, to 7C at night. The low vigour soils are ideal for viticulture. Being incredibly well drained, the roots of the vines bury deep into the ground as far as 4 metres searching for all-important nutrients, leading to wines of great complexity and character, whilst faithfully expressing the characters of the terroir from which they are produced.
The winery was designed in collaboration with the architect Lawrence Odfjell and built in 2004 and relies on a gravitational flow design that optimises management of the grapes brought in from the nearby vineyards, which complements the organic and biodynamic principles that are followed at the estate.
In 2012, we saw the winemaking team revert back to its original duo, with Rodrigo Soto returning as a consultant to assist Head Winemaker Julios Bastias after 5 years away, an exciting development, which can only see the wines go from strength to strength.
Matetic’s wines have elegance and style, yet wonderful intensity and purity of fruit. Rarely can one small winery deliver such consistently high quality from such a wide range of grapes in one small growing region