In the Aconcagua Valley, the historic El Escorial Vineyard is reborn, located in Panquehue, 5 kilometers from San Felipe. The successors of Don Santiago Carey, former owner of the winery, have given life to this project to continue his work and highlight the unique vineyard qualities of the valley.
The History of El Escorial Vineyard, or formerly known as “Hacienda El Escorial de Panquehue”, is documented in the book “Chile, Land and Society” by author George McCutchen (published by American Geographical Society, New York 1936) who in the decade of the 30´s, was dedicated to travel through our country and paid special attention to three farms that, by their characteristics of development and technology for the time, considered that they were the most important, being the Hacienda El Escorial the most outstanding in several pages dedicated exclusively to it.
Currently, the Espinosa Cortés Family, formed by Rodrigo Espinosa Carey, together with his wife Cristina Cortés and children, have followed the family tradition with their company Comercial Pangal SpA and in 2009 they decided to implement El Escorial Vineyard, planting a small vineyard in the old grounds of the Hacienda in Panquehue, as a way to rescue the original work and pay homage to his grandfather and the Santiago Carey Industrial Entrepreneur, planting strains of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Carmenere, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Chenin, Gewurztraminer and Muscat.
By the end of 2010 they recovered the land that currently occupies the wine cellar, with the aim of implementing this venture in the same physical location in which was the entrance arch of the “Hacienda El Escorial” and the garden of the house patronal, with the objective to produce 15,000 bottles of wine of high quality standart , with the grape of his vineyards of the Escorial and of Colorado River, to be tasted in his room of sales and underground cellar.
In the year 2012, as a way to fulfill an old dream and to innovate in its two main businesses at the same time, with the support of CORFO, a vineyard – nursery with different strains was planted at 1,600 meters above sea level, in the Cajón del Río Colorado, pathway to Portillo, constituting itself in the Vineyard of greater height in the Fifth Region and one of the highest of Chile.
The project was called “Adaptation of different varieties and rootstocks of vines for wine production in height in the Cordillera of the Fifth Region”, generating a genetic material of high quality adapted to the conditions of height and cold climate to motivate to other wineries to start mountain vineyards.
His first vintage was in 2015 and his first wine was called CORNISA, echoing the risk, challenge and technical complexity that word means for lovers of the mountain where the vineyard is located, literally located on the slopes of the Andes mountains.
Decanter magazine selected Malbec-Syrah Cornisa of Viña El Escorial one of the 10 most extreme terroirs of SouthAmerica in latest edition of UK and China.