Since its beginnings, Botalcura Winery was formed thanks to the passion of 2 men. Juan Fernando Waidele, Chilean businessman and wine lover, has always felt a special connection to a charming little town called Botalcura in Maule Valley. Philippe Debrus, French winemaker, arrived to Chile in search of something new; the challenge was not only to contribute with his experience in producing crafted wines, but to stamp them with his own personal style, throughout creativity and dedication. The encounter of these entrepreneurs in the year 2000 sealed the character of what we know today as Botalcura Winery; the purpose of its creation goes beyond the production of the best wines in Chile, but also to pour this same passion in everything we do and by this, share the results of the love we have for our job, for our town and for our wines.
Botalcura, A Very Special Town:
Botalcura is a small village in southern Chile, 3 hours south of Santiago and half an hour northeast of the city of Talca. The Coastal Range forms Maule Valley, from which Botalcura is set among rolling hills and surrounded by the purest nature, home to the elusive quail. A simple town formed by scarcely more than a row of houses along one side of a dirt road; inhabited by kind and extraordinary people, who inspires us and fills us with enthusiasm for sharing our dream of forming an exceptional winery along with them.
Meaning of Botalcura
The word Botalcura means “large stone” in Mapundungun, the language of Chile’s native Mapuche people. Something hard and solid as rock speaks of the power of the gods and of what’s enduring. Both of these ideas come together in the wines of Botalcura Winery. The indomitable yet generous power of nature, the source of the intense and concentrated vines, combines with the certainty of transcending time, of making time an ally that will bear out the excellence of Botalcura Wines…