The Caiquén is a wild goose from Patagonia that flies across the Andes between Argentina and Chile. By embarking on this cross-border flight, the Caiquén takes up a major challenge. In emulation of its namesake, the Kaiken brand reflects the best of both sides of the Andes.
Just like the Caiquén, Aurelio Montes, founder and winemaker of the renowned Chilean winery Bodega Montes, established Kaiken after falling in love with Argentina’s terrior-driven wines. Aurelio made several trips across the Andes until 2000, when he rediscovered Mendoza as a generous land filled with superb vines and hardworking people. In 2001 he realized Mendoza was the perfect place to make Kaikén Wines, wines that embody everything a great wine ought to be. Today, the combination of Chilean winemakers and phenomenal estate locations –Maipu (Cruz de Piedra), Lujan de Cuyo (Ugarteche, Agrelo) and Valle de Uco – produce exceptional Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Kaiken owns vineyards in the most prestigious regions of Argentina. The wines obtained faithfully express the terroir they come from, and are widely recognized for their quality.
Luján de Cuyo
Luján de Cuyo is located on the piedmont of the Andes Mountains. It belongs to the first winemaking region of Argentina and is home to the greatest number of cellars in the country. Kaiken’s cellar is located here, specifically in the Vistalba district. Kaiken also has two vineyards here: Agrelo and Vistalba.
Agrelo is at the foot of the Andes mountains, 40 km to the south of the city of Mendoza. The altitude (950 metres above sea level) of the vineyard creates large temperature oscillation. The wines born of these 70 hectares present floral notes such as violet and fruit such as plum. The wines have medium structure and smooth tannins.
Vistalba is 20 km from the city of Mendoza, in the district of Vistalba. The 28.5 hectare vineyard is planted with Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay. The low yields per hectare ensure great fruit concentration and expression of terroir. The wines from these vines are elegant and complex, with very good structure.
The Uco Valley is one of the winemaking regions par excellence in all of Mendoza. Kaiken has three vineyards here: Los Chacayes, Gualtallary and Altamira.
Los Chacayes is located in the Tunuyán department of the great Uco Valley, 110 km from the city of Mendoza and 1,250 metres above sea level. Of the 150 hectares, 35.5 are planted with Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon trained to high vertical shoot positioning, along with bush-trained Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The sandy and skeletal soils are rather deep, allowing for good root system development. The large diurnal temperature range of the zone and the cool autumn produces grapes with great colour intensity and pronounced structure.
Gualtallary is one of the highest areas in Mendoza (1,300-1,660 metres a.s.l). Therefore, the vines benefit from a cooler climate than in other regions. Its calcareous poor dessert soils combined with the cold climate conditions provide intense and very elegant wines.
Altamira is a well-known winemaking region in the San Carlos department of the Uco Valley. This district is 112 km south of the city of Mendoza and right in the heart of the alluvial cone of the Tunuyán River, which makes it easier to understand the heterogeneity of its soils. Marked by cold nights and warm temperatures during the day, the area is prone to both early and late frosts. Wines from this vineyard have a dark fruit profile, great structure, and a marked minerality.
The Salta province is known for its particular characteristics for winemaking. The altitude of the region means the vineyards are found between 1,700 and 2,400 meters above sea level. One of the best-known regions is the Cafayate Valley, where Bodega Kaiken gets its grapes for their Terroir Series Torrontés.
Cafayate, a town in the Salta province, is the winemaking zone par excellence for Torrontés, with vineyards at altitudes of 1,600–2,400 metres. The sandy loam soils have a degree of granitic rock. The desert climate, with more than 320 days of sunshine and a large daily temperature range, means grapes cultivated in this valley produce wines with excellent colour and aromatic intensity, and ripe tannins.
The Kaikén winery was built in 1920 by Italo Calise. In those early days, the winery also made olive oil, distilled beverages and tartaric acid.
Today, the winery has the capacity to make 7 million liters of wine. Fermentation takes place in 12,000–30,000 litre tanks, which are ideal for small batches of superior quality wine. They also have 100,000 litre tanks to age wine.
The spirit of Kaikén permeates throughout the winery. With 1,500 barrels for ageing and concrete tanks for a more efficient use of energy through innovative biodynamic practices, their processes meet the highest quality standards of contemporary winemaking.
In the region of Asenovgrad the nature has created soil and climatic conditions suitable for the advent and development of viticulture as the occupation of the population. Viticulture is one of the most ancient occupations in the town. This we learn from the investigators of this period, who had summarized the data yet still from the Thracian antiquity. There is no doubt, that Thracians had had a knowledge of the vine and wine and skillfully cultivated them
The multi-generational growers, whose descendants arrived here nearly two centuries ago, are the backbone of Torbreck’s winemaking aspirations. Without their knowledge of the seasons and the soil, we would not have such a precious resource of fruit to work with.
Cooper, originally from Santa Bárbara (California), discovered Spanish wines when he was only 21 years old, on one of the trips he made to Europe with his family. Since then, his personal and professional career has been closely linked to Spain, where he has lived for more than a decade. His first experiences as a professional in the world of wine were as a writer for the Spanish Wines and More blog, from which he advised many amateurs.
The Perano estate is located in the heart of Chianti Classico in Gaiole and enjoys exceptional climate and soil. The vineyards are located 500 meters above sea level, well above the altitude common for red variety grapes, especially Sangiovese with its late maturation phase.
Luminosity and minerality with a touch of feminine elegance. A hidden gem, surrounded by sequoias, firs and chestnut trees which reveals itself to those travelling through the first woods of the Florentine mountains, with vines climbing to an altitude of 700 metres.