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Haras de Pirque

This estate had an equine start in life, established in 1892 in the northern part of Maipo in Central Chile, as a stud farm and racing stable. In 1991 Eduardo Matte acquired the estate that he would later christen Haras de Pique (Haras means a “farm for breeding” in Spanish), in honour of Chile's oldest thoroughbred breeding stud, with the twin intentions of expanding the equine farm and starting a wine venture; his joint passions in life. Between 1992 and 1993 he planted 120 hectares of vines in the foothills of the Andes. 2002 saw Matte collaborate with the Antinori family to make a wine together, and the result was Albis. Acknowledged as one of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere wines in the world, it has become the flagship wine of the estate. Since 2017 Haras de Pirque has been solely under Italian ownership, and is one of Marchesi Antinori's wine estates, led by Albiera Antinori, the eldest daughter of Marquis Piero Antinori. Today 100 hectares of vineyards are surrounded by their thoroughbred race track and breeding farm. They only use estate grown grapes and they are one of the only wineries in Chile to have organic certification from Ceres for both their vineyards and winery. Pirque is one of the most prestigious sites in the Maipo Valley. Situated in the Maipo Alto, the vines are planted at between 550 and 660 metres above sea level on soils of colluvial origin. The indigenous shrubs here sometimes lend a balsamic character to the grapes grown there, and the high altitude produces wines with an intense colour and a rich concentration of fruit. The state-of-the-art winery is quite simply stunning, completed in 2000 designed in a unique horseshoe shape to symbolise Matte's passion for fine-blooded horses. Haras de Pirque are known for their red wines form Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, but Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are also grown. They craft some of the best wines in South America - Italian flare with a Chilean soul!