Vina Maitia

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


Vina Maitia 2020 'Roto' Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley Login <1 Case
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Vina Maitia 2021 'Aupa' Pipeno, Maule Valley Login In Stock
Vina Maitia (1.5 L) 2019 'Aupa' Pipeno, Maule Valley Login WA 92
Vina Maitia (250 ml) 2021 'Aupa' Pipeno, Maule Valley (4pk can) Login In Stock

Media Links
Punch: The Insider's Guide to Chile's Wine Renaissance
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

Social Media Links
Twitter: @vinoMAITIA
Viña Maitia Facebook

Viña Maitia is a small family winery that is owned and operated by husband and wife team David Marcel and Loreto Garau. David Marcel is a French vigneron from the Basque Country. David met Loreto, a Chilean enologist, while visiting Chile and decided to move there in 2007.

Loreto owns the wine store Petit Plaisirs in Santiago while Marcel brokers grapes and wines. Their customers continually encouraged them to make wine; 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.” Originally meant to be enjoyed by peasant farmers, pipeño is an old style of Chilean wine that is characterized by its simple manner. 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, 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 (1.5 L) 2019 'Aupa' Pipeno, Maule Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (2/28/2020)

    The juicy, purple-colored 2019 Aupa Pipeño is a blend of traditional grapes from the Secano Interior appellation—80% País (a.k.a. Mission, Listán Prieto, Criolla Chica, etc.) and 20% Carignan/Cariñena from old dry-farmed and head-pruned vines in Maule. It's produced in a simple way to obtain a highly drinkable, more modern and clean rendition of the traditional pipeño wines; it is fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete where the wine matures until it's bottled. It's an explosion of fruit juice, flowers and herbs. It's always balsamic and spicy, and it has a soft palate with a juicy texture and defined, very primary flavors. This 2019 is perhaps a little more vinous than previous years, with a little more body. Very good for food. Drink chilled.