Viña Perez Cruz
A family of noble red wines, already a rising star in Chile
It seems incredible that the first wines were made less than twenty years ago, but the Pérez Cruz involvement with their now famous boutique winery actually began in 1963 when Pablo Pérez acquired the Liguai Estate in Chile’s Maipo Andes Valley. In 1994 his wife, Mariana Cruz, and their eleven sons and daughters embarked on a project to create their own winery, Viña Pérez Cruz, on the property. They planted the first vines in 1994, built the cellar in 2001, and made their first Pérez Cruz wine in 2002.
The site the family chose for their estate is located 28 miles southeast of Santiago in the Andean foothills of the Maipo Valley at an altitude of just over 500 metres in an area that is world renowned for the quality and consistency of its wines.
The winery produces 100% estate-bottled premium red wines that reflect the identity and terroir of the Maipo Andes with 581 acres planted to red varieties. This gives the company total control of the outstanding fruit that arrives fully and evenly ripe, which French-trained chief winemaker, German Lyon, handles with scrupulous care and exactitude.
The Pérez Cruz winery was designed to reflect great harmony with its surroundings. Its exterior arches evoke the wind in the trees, while its two central naves made of wood simulate barrels. The sustainable cellar is built on three levels for gravity flow work. The grapes drop gently from the upper level into fermentation tanks below, and the new wines then go to the underground barrel cellar. This is the perfect combination of tradition and technology since the multi-level gravityfed winery is designed to assist the vinification process with as little stress as possible to fruit or must.
Drawing on tradition as well as new technologies and passion, the Pérez Cruz family produces unique wines with strong personalities. All of the grapes come from the same place, which enables them to maintain the quality and consistency Pérez Cruz is known for.
Cabernet Sauvignon specialists
The Pérez Cruz vineyards are in an area famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is no accident then that this is the grape that is the Pérez Cruz house speciality.
In fact, Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for no less than 64% of the winery’s production, drawn from a total of 371 acres of company-owned vineyards. If Cabernet Sauvignon is Chile’s most widely-planted variety, it is Pérez Cruz that plays an essential role in making it the leading variety in the Maipo Andes and the Maipo Valley as a whole.
Today, Pérez Cruz has a portfolio of 10 wines, and Cabernet Sauvignon plays an important role in three of its lines: Reserva, Limited Edition, and Pircas de Liguai Single Collection.
Attention to detail has meant that the Pérez Cruz Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, the winery’s most popular wine, has earned excellent scores for different vintages over the years, culminating in 95 points this year from Decanter for the 2015 vintage of the Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon.
Other varietals: Cot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Carmenere in the Limited Edition range of wines provide the company’s second tier range.
From its beginnings, Viña Pérez Cruz has exported nearly 80% of its production, and its most important markets have always been Canada, Brazil, and the UK, where the support of Hallgarten Druitt and Virgin Wines has helped it reach significant participation in the market. In fact, it was there that our 2002 Limited Edition Syrah received the important James Rogers Trophy, which is granted annually to the best new wine in its first year of production in the prestigious International Wine Challenge in 2003. This great honour was the first of many awards received year after year in the world’s major wine competitions.
The Pérez Cruz family’s central drive is to express their estate’s personality through wines with character. “We are an agricultural and wine-producing export company. We base our business on producing high quality wines in accordance with the requirements and standards of the world’s fine-wine consumer markets, using integrated management processes, and highly qualified personnel.”
Results, such as the 95 points from Decanter for the 2015 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon mean the Pérez Cruz company must be on the right track.