Vina Maitia

Country of Origin: Chile
Location: Maule Valley, Central Chile
People: David Marcel & Loreto Garau, Owners & Winemakers


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Wine & Spirits: Chile's Vino Pipeño
Amanda Barnes Blog: 10 Winemakers to Watch in Chile
Wine & Spirits: The New Chile
Apuntes de Sobremesa: Un Pipeño que Gana Adeptos

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Viña Maitia is a small family winery owned and operated by husband and wife team David Marcel and Loreto Garau. David Marcel is a French vigneron from the Basque Country. He met Loreto, a Chilean enologist, while in Chile and decided to move there in 2007. In Chile, Loreto owns the wine store Petit Plaisirs in Santiago while Marcel brokers grapes and wines. Their customers encouraged them to make wine, and thus, in 2012, the two set out to make simple, easy-drinking wines called pipeños. Loreto Garau explains, “What excited us about pipeños—and what excites a lot of people—is the return to drinking something simple, without anything artificial or tricked out.” Pipeño is an old style of Chilean wine that was produced in a simple manner and meant to be enjoyed by peasant farmers. While pipeño does have a reputation as a quaff some folks drink like water, David and Loreta believe pipeño is a Chilean wine tradition worth preserving. Thanks to Viña Maitia and other wineries, the pipeño has begun to gain recognition.

Viña Maitia is located in the Maule Valley, about 300 km south of Santiago. This valley benefits from a sub-humid Mediterranean climate where high temperatures in the summer are cooled by the breeze from the Humboldt Current in the Pacific Ocean. This cool air helps to extend the growing season and allows for wines with bright, fresh acidity.

The estate has ten hectares of very old bush vines of Pais (Mission grape), Carignan and a few other grapes. Some vines are over 120 years in age. These old vines are the remnants of Chilean ancestry. All over Chile, Pais has been replanted with international varieties like Merlot and Chardonnay. However, David and Loreta see the opportunity to make wines of place while helping to preserve Chile’s viticulture heritage. The vines are dry farmed, which is possible in the Maule Valley because of the winter rains. The wines are made with low sulfur, native yeast and neutral barrels, so that the terroir really shines through.

Viña Maitia is a member of Chanchos Deslenguados.


  • Vina Maitia 2016 'Aupa' Pipeno, Maule Valley
    Wine & Spirits
    Rating: 92 (2/3/2017)

    (Best Buy) David Marcel, from France's Basque country, was working in Maule as a bulk wine broker while building his own project, Maitia, back in 2012. That's when he fell in love with the refreshing pipeños, the traditional wines of Chile's south, usually made from País. He buys grapes for Aupa from dry-farmed vines in Loncomilla, the País (70%) more than 100 years old, the Carignan over 70 years. The result is a lovely, refreshing and red-fruited pipeño, with vivid, shining acidity. It's the kind of wine you won't stop drinking.
  • Vina Maitia 2016 'Aupa' Pipeno, Maule Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (4/28/2017)

    The super-tasty and gulpable 2016 Aupa Pipeño is a blend of País with some 30% Carignan (and whatever is found in the old vineyards) from a slightly cooler year. It keeps the style of previous vintages with the bright red fruit and the freshness of short macerations. In the dry-farming part of Maule they only saw 30 to 50 millimeters of rain when in the central valley they got 200! These grapes were harvested before the rain anyway, but the wine retains the freshness of a cooler year, fresher than 2015, more in line with the 2014 and 2013.