Cacique Maravilla 2021 Pipeño, Bio Bio Valley (1L)
Origin: Bio Bio Valley, Chile
Grape varieties: 100% Pais
About the Wine, Winemaker, & Winemaking Process
Pipeño is an old style of Chilean wine that was produced in a simple manner and meant to be enjoyed by farmers straight from the "Pip" or pipe. Cacique Maravilla makes this 100% País Pipeño that honors traditional winemaking in the Bio-Bio Valley from which it comes.
This light-bodied wine shows red fruit with great acidity and balanced tannins. Serve slightly chilled. Would be *perfect* for sipping on the patio with grilled meats or veggies, fresh sourdough bread loaded with salty butter & anchovies, or a good ol' Midwestern bowl of chips & dip (Original Lays, please!)
Manuel Moraga and his family live just outside of Yumbel in the Bio Bio River Valley of Chile. They are the seventh generation to look after their 80 hectare farm, 16 of which under vine. The rest of their land has been dedicated to horticulture, forest, and animals...lots of animals! Horses, cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, and lastly their two dogs Pipo and Pepa. Manuel took over the estate when his father passed away in 2009, and in his first vintage an earthquake completely ruined the winery. He still managed to make wine that year with practically no means at all. Content with the outcome of that first year, he realized not much was needed to make wine ... and this has been their philosophy ever since.
All of their vines are dry farmed, and are characterized by its soils of trumao - volcanic sand formed by redeposited ash. Cacique Maravilla's vineyard was the 33rd registered vineyard in the history of Chile, which speaks for just how old these vines are. Actually, you'll find the number 33 on all of their corks paying homage to their ancestors.