About This Vineyard
Antiyal was founded in 1996 by Alvaro Espinoza and family. Often referred to as the original ‘Garage Winery’ in Chile, today Antiyal has grown into a modest but personably sized winery that maintains a strict focus on quality.
Antiyal is a Mapuche (native Chilean) word that means ‘sons of the sun’. We practice organic and biodynamic agricultural as a means to seek truer flavours from the earths that surround us in the Maipo Valley. We founded Antiyal to teach our children, and all who would listen, about the earth, work & wine.
In 1998 we produced ten barrels, or 250 cases (3000 bottles). It was a mix of organic Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah. Later in 2001 we launched Kuyen, a blend of Syrah & Cabernet. Kuyen means ‘moon’ in Mapuche. It is not a second wine, but a separate project with its own trajectory. Both wines are made respecting the ancient traditions and a holistic vision of people and the earth that is adroitly respected in today’s biodynamic agrictulture.
After a decade of healthy growth today we make 7000 bottles of Antiyal and about 12000 more of Kuyen. It is still very much a family affair and we still craft each organic wine by hand on our small estate in the Maipo Valley that we call home.