Viña Los Vascos is the Rothschild’s Chilean winery, the same owners of the legendary Château Lafite Rothschild – the most acclaimed of Bordeaux Premier Grand Crus, also called “The First of the Premiers Grand Cru”.
The history of grapevine production on the property today called Viña Los Vascos dates back to 1750, when the Echeñique family (from the Basque region, Spain) planted the first vines in the Colchagua Valley.
In 1988, the Rothschild family acquired the Echeñique family winery and, to honor the origin of the former owners, renamed it to Los Vascos and became one of the first foreign families of wine-growers to invest in Chile viticulture in XX century.
The Rothschilds’ decision to acquire Los Vascos was conducted by Gilbert Rockvam, the technical director of Château Lafite Rothschild, and based on extensive studies of climatology and soil, prospecting various properties and regions, and tasting countless wines. They concluded that Los Vascos’ terroir shows a combination of exceptional characteristics: ideal insolation and water resources, semi-arid soils, intense thermal amplitude and low risk of frost. Therefore, the vineyard has microclimates and soils especially suitable for the production of grapes with perfect levels of maturation and, therefore great wines.
Today, after receiving large investments and being completely remodeled under the supervision of the technical director of Château Lafite Rothschild – vineyards were restructured, replanting programs were started, yield per hectare was reduced, climate monitoring stations were installed and the wine cellar was expanded and modernized – Los Vascos practices Rothschilds’ standards of excellence at every winemaking phases. The result: high quality wines in all of their price ranges.