It is because of estates such as this that Chile has developed such a reputation for value. It will be because of estates like this that Chile will become synonymous with quality.
The Echeverria family came from the Basque country in modern Spain to Chile in 1740 and has been prominent in growing grapes ever since. These are estate grown wines. Make a note of that.Their vines go back to 1900 and are French varietals planted directly into the ground rather than on American root stocks. This is made possible by Chile's relative remoteness, protected by the Andes to the west and desert to the south. As such the phylloxera bug that has curse modern grape production is less of a threat to these vines. These vineyards have been reunited by the Echeverria family over the past two decades. This has been important as the family has made a commitment to ecological agriculture and Echeverria is one of our organic producers.
It is still very much a family operation with Roberto and Gloria Echeverria as President and Vice-President. Their children take active roles with son Roberto as the head wine maker and daughter Paulina in charge of logistics.
This is a wining combination that has guaranteed us a consistency of quality since we started working with them in 1996. We drink them. You should too.
Steve Campbell: "In Chile, as elsewhere in the wine world, huge investments are being made in new vineyards. Roberto Echeverria is head of the Small Winemaker Association of Chile and is in contact with many of these new enterprises. Vineyards are coming into production and are struggling to find sales in a crowded market. Roberto saw the opportunity to source quality wines and develop a new brand specifically focused on the restaurant community. The result is Valle Dorado (Golden Valley). I was delighted by the quality of the wines when I tried them and I was floored by the price."