Jose Manuel Ortega Gil Fournier started to produce wine in 2000. In a very short time, he succeeded to produce super premium wines in Ribera del Duero, Spain, Mendoza, Argentina and now Maule and San Antonio, Chile. For any other new-coming winery in Chile, it could sound quite arrogant when O.Fournier describes his objective to become one of the three best wineries to produce premium wines in Chile. But for O.Fournier, regarding the results in Spain and Argentina, it is definitely a high goal but not impossible. His exciting new project in Chile, while still in its early stages, has all the signs of being as equally impressive as his highly successful venture in Argentina.
The Maule region, some 300km south of Santiago, has some of the oldest vineyards in Chile. O.Fournier signed long-term agreements with producers in the area, whose vineyards range from 65 to 120 years old, making them the only winery in Chile to produce wines exclusively from old vines. These old vines, dry-farming vineyards produce intensely flavored grapes of great balance and complexity, resulting in wines with exceptional characteristics and personality. The reds will be made at a brand new state of the art facility which is being built into the ruins of a winery dating back to the 19th century. The aim is to maintain as much of the original winery building as possible while incorporating the latest winemaking technology. A new winery is also under development for white wine production in the increasingly fashionable region of Leyda in the San Antonio valley north of Santiago. His wines are terroir-focused while grapes are handled and sorted manually. Half the grapes are crushed and let to fall in order to avoid the use of pumps. Most of the fermentation is done with cold maceration with aging process in French oak under humidity and temperature control. Proximity to the Pacific Ocean provides cooling afternoon breezes that create the perfect conditions for the production of the elegant Centauri Sauvignon Blanc. Access to 80-year-old Carignan vines provides the intensely-flavored fruit which contributes to the Urban blend