A series of chance encounters is what let Macarena del Río and Thomas Parayre to find each other and to start their joint project, Macatho in 2016. Born in Chile to a French mother, Maca studied winemaking at the prestigious University of Bordeaux. As a student, she stumbled across a natural winebar in Southwest France that inspired her and changed her way of thinking about wine. After completing her studies, she worked harvest with several natural winemakers across France, including the famed Yvon Métras in Beaujolais. Meanwhile her partner Thomas, was born in France and arrived in Chile seeking adventure. He worked odd jobs all over the country before starting a graphic design firm. Along the way, his roommate Louis-Antoine Luyt, who was then working in restaurants, began teaching Thomas about wine; his course was forever changed. Maca and Thomas, met during a harvest with Luyt, and became some of the the most talked-about newcomers to the wine scene in Chile. Based in Chillán, they currently work and farm old-vine parcels of land organically in Maule, BíoBío and Itata. In the cellar, the wine is made with minimal intervention and lots of love!
100% Cinsault from young vines in the tiny Caña Dulce vineyard near both the Pacific and the Trehuaco, Itata River. 2/3 of grapes went into sealed stainless-steel tank for carbonic maceration, 1/3 destemmed and fermented in inox. Bottled without fining, filtration, or added SO2. Deep red fruits, mid-bodied and slightly rustic with grippy tannins and fresh acidity on the finish!
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