Winery: Chocalán, Maipo Valley
Guillermo Toro Gonzalez, a chilean businessman with a vast experience in the wine-making business, considering his relation as a bottle supplier for the industry, proposed in 1996 to diversify the family business and to develop a new project of producing high quality wines.
After a detailed search to find suitable land, in 1998 an area of the Maipo Valley in Melipilla was chosen due to its privileged microclimate, its soils and human factors that make it a unique place. Chocalan, a name given by the indigenous populations which means "yellow blossoms", is located on the side of the Maipo Valley hills that are closer to the Coast.
The first harvest was done in 2001 and the following year the construction of the wine cellars, located in the Melipilla area, began.
The same year, the Toro Harnecker family, after an arduous search of the land looking to produce high quality and elegant type wines, found the perfect terroir to expand the project and thus open the Malvilla wine range.
In Malvilla, only 5 Km away from the Pacific Ocean, with a privileged and unusual microclimate, this terroir is located, within the San Antonio valley.
As a result in 2008, with the harvesting of the first Malvilla white wines, the portfolio of the vineyard was completed, obtaining a wine with an unique and distinguished personality, recognized both at a domestic level and in the most important markets of the world.
Today, Viña Chocalán is recognized for being one of the leading vineyards in producing both high quality white and red wine.
Aida Toro oversees all the winemaking and grape growing at her family’s winery in Chile.
Aida explains - “we have a yearly challenge in the farm; managing the plants and the bunches in order to have the best quality of the grapes because. With good fruit we are able to obtain a generous wine, with good structure and an elegance of aromas”