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Cousino Macul

The history of Cousiño-Macul dates back to 1856, when Matís Cousiño bought the 1,000 hectare Hacienda Macul in Chile's Maipo Valley; Macul is a word that means “right hand” in the native Quechua language. When Matís died his son Luis, together with his wife Isidora Goyenechea, followed their dream and began to produce wine. They decided to plant with French varietals, and brought in Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the Pauillac region of the Médoc, Sauvignon Vert, Sauvignon Gris and Semillon from Martillac in Graves, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Burgundy and Riesling from Alsace. Following her husband's death Doña Isadora took over the running of the estate, one of the first female entrepreneurs in South America, improving working conditions and standardising production to guarantee a constant high quality for the wines. She also supervised the construction of the winery her husband had commissioned, and redesigned the family monogram that can be seen on their labels today. Her son Luis Arturo inherited the estate on her death in 1898. The company is still run by a member of the Cousiño family today – it is the only Chilean winery that remains in the hands of the original founding family. Some 267 hectares are under vine in the Alto Maipo on two sites, the original Macul property and the Buin Estate, with more than 60% of their production being red. A key feature of their style is that new plantings come from the traditional masales selections which they carry out in their own nurseries for a period of 10 years; and so unique genetic material from those vines, originally brought from France by Luis Cousiño in 1860, is preserved. This grandee of Chilean wineries produces distinctive wines that express the characteristics of each grape variety and the character of the Maipo Valley.