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Producer Spotlight: VillaSeñor Vineyards

Welcome to the latest installment of our new series highlighting the wineries and producers that craft the wines for Tasting Room! We're excited to show you some behind-the-scenes photos and give you a peek at how some of our popular Chilean wines are made at VillaSeñor Vineyards.

The VillaSeñor family immigrated to Chile from Spain generations ago, settling in the wine-producing sector of the VIII region of Concepción. They started off making wines for their own consumption, using artisan techniques passed down from their Spanish ancestors.

Today, the family continues in this tradition on land that was sought out for being more suitable for larger-scale production. VillaSeñor's vineyards span three valleys in rural Chile -- Cachapoal, Lontue and Osorno -- with state-of-the-art infrastructure in place for producing superior wines.

Photo courtesy of VillaSeñor

The winery's goal is to produce premium wines that are a faithful expression of its terroir, while making as little impact on the land as possible. There are 20 grape varieties grown on 135 hectares of land, a mix of traditional and less traditional varieties that include Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Syrah and Sangiovese. Its vast diversity is what sets VillaSeñor apart from other winemakers in the region.

In an effort to produce wines in harmony with the environment, VillaSeñor's cellar was designed with four subterranean levels, each covering a stage of the fermentation process. The racking of the wine is done gravitationally, without the use of pumps, and the unique conditions of the subsoil provide the grapes with distinctive traits.

Taste the wine for yourself. The 2014 Zhigalova Cabernet Franc is currently on sale in our Bottle Shop.