Aresti Winery is owned byACW, one of the most prestigious family-run wine operations in Chile. Nowadays ACW produces and sells various brands around the world.
The foundations of Viña ARESTI are the passion for excellence of its founder, Vicente Aresti Astica.
After he passed, at 92, his daughters Begoña and Ana María Aresti López took over their father’s endeavor and persevered in commitment they had learnt from him.
In 1951, Vicente Aresti Astica acquired the Bellavista Estate in Curicó, a renowned winegrowing valley, and started building a family tradition of excellence in winemaking with passion at the core of their philosophy.
Over half a century of meticulous work resulted in a tradition of high quality wines that were the labels of choice of the most prestigious wineries at that time.
The experience gained in making superior wines fueled Mr. Aresti’s motivation to start bottling and selling labels of their own.
In 1999 and following major winery renovations and introduction of state-of-the-art technology, Viña ARESTI took the great leap forward into producing and exporting bottled wine.
· Jon Usabiaga, Chief Winemaker – Operations Manager
Agricultural Engineer-Enologist from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an active member of the National Association of Agricultural Engineers-Enologists
Since he joined Viña ARESTI in 2005, Jon has successfully aligned the style of Aresti wines and consumer tastes, for which he has been rewarded with a number of medals, awards, and the recognition of the wine industry.
Jon’s commitment to constantly improve the quality of the wines he crafts has allowed Aresti to grow into a leading producer of superior wines.
· Marcelo Lorca – Agricultural Manager
Agricultural Engineer and Viticulturist from Universidad Iberoamericana de Ciencias y Tecnología with vast experience in R&D of winegrowing projects.
For 8 years, he led sustainability-oriented traditional and organic vineyard management projects for the San Pedro Tarapacá Group. He was also responsible for super premium projects and for crafting wines for specific world markets.
Marcelo joined Viña Aresti in late 2013 and successfully linked the winemaking and production departments and contributed his technical and administration expertise, along with his passion to grape growing and the production of wines with an identity of their own.
Viña Aresti, a company of the ACW, one of Chile’s most prestigious family winegrowing businesses, is located in Molina, in the Curicó valley, less than 200 km south of Santiago. New vineyards near the Claro river – Micaela, Peñaflor, and La Reserva – have been added to Bellavista, the original estate.
The vineyards are situated in Curicó, Chile’s largest and most famous wine valley. With privileged climate, alluvial soil, a long dry season and a daytime/nighttime temperature differential of some 20ºC, this region offers the ideal conditions for the production of superior wines.
· Bellavista: Its slightly deep soil with little rock content provides excellent conditions for varieties like Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer.
· Micaela: Deep clay-loam soil with a rocky profile below one meter of depth, ideal for red varieties.
· Peñaflor: Deep clay-loam, slightly acidic soil with gentle slopes mostly used to grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Carménère, and Pinot Noir and Merlot to a lesser extent.
· La Reserva: Variable (from clay-loam to sandy) soil, with medium-low fertility, rolling hills and different sun exposure, perfect for the production of a wide range of grape varieties.
Optimum grape quality is an essential requirement for the production of superior wines.
To attain the level of quality we seek, we have focused our processes on:
· Sectorization of the vineyards using precision viticulture.
· Intensive canopy management to enhance bunch microclimate.
· Lower yields to boost fruit intensity.
· FDR technology to monitor soil moisture and determine irrigation strategies.
· Differentiated Harvest by Block: Use of infrared image sensors to determine optimum harvest time for each lot.
Mejorar la cadena de valor del vino para hacerla ambientalmente amigable, socialmente equitativa y económicamente viable.
Aresti was certified under Wines of Chile’s strict Sustainability Code standard after all its processes met the indicators for the various areas measured by the code: agriculture, winery-cellars, and CSR-Community.
In addition, Aresti has signed the Clean Production Agreement, a regulation for the production of environmentally friendly wines through safe, environmentally sound, and sustainable production processes.
The BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) Code of Conduct for its primary processing facilities and cellars.
BSCI Code: As part of its continuous commitment to excellence in its operations, Aresti Chile Wine S.A. has decided to obtain and implement the BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) Code of Conduct in all its primary processing facilities and cellars.
Viña Aresti’s commitment to sustainable production incorporates the latest developments in grape growing, efficient use of inputs and resources, recycling techniques and healthy food.
OUR COMPANY FOSTERS
- · Re-use of bottles and packing cases.
- · Efficient use of oil and gas through a strict maintenance program for machinery and equipment.
- · Management and treatment of liquid and solid waste.
- · Reduced consumption of water during vinification.
- · An erosion control plan and organic management of soils that involves the use of grape residue as a natural fertilizer.
- · A transport service for employees that results in efficient use of fuel and lower pollution.
· Using lighter bottles, which require substantially less energy to manufacture and less fuel to transport.
· A healthy, balanced diet by providing all the personnel with daily lunch.
We also have a Code of Ethics that all employees know (Download Code of Ethics Aresti)..
GRAND TASTING IN TORONTO, CANADA
ACW took part in the Toronto Grand Tasting organized by Wines of Chile in early November.
RUN FOR YOUR WINES
Executives from our Commercial Department represented ACW at the “Run for your Wine”.
MAKING A MARK IN CHINA
For a second year, our best Aresti wines took the stage at the 90+ event organized by Wines of Chile in China.
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
Our winemaker Juan Ignacio Montt traveled to San Pedro de Atacama to present a selection of our best Aresti wines.
“WINE & SPIRITS EXPERIENCE – NETHERLANDS
On last October 1, our Marketing Manager Bárbara Lewin visited The Hague, Netherlands, where she presented Espíritu de Chile wines.
“GREAT WINES OF THE ANDES” EVENTS
As customarily now, every year in early October we present our Aresti wines at James Suckling’s “Great Wines of the Andes” events in Miami and New York.
STELLAR SCORES AT 2019 DESCORCHADOS
Once again Aresti wines reaped outstanding scores in Descorchados wine guide.
TRISQUEL ASSEMBLAGE EARNED A SILVER MEDAL TRISQUEL ASSEMBLAGE
We recently received word that our Trisquel Assemblage 2016 had been awarded a Silver Medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.
COMMITTED TO THE ENVIRONMENT
As part of our ongoing commitment to preserving the environment and fostering sustainable actions.
#LOVEWINE LOVECHILE LONDON TASTING
A few days ago, Wines of Chile organized the traditional London tasting for buyers.
NEW VINTAGE OF
SAUVIGNON BLANCS FROM CURICÓ
The member wineries of the Curicó Valley Wine Route launched their new vintage of Sauvignon Blanc wines.
For the third year running, the main producers of Sémillon wines presented their latest vintages to the media.
ACW WRAPS UP INVESTMENTS TO
BOOST GROWTH IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS.
ACW´s new bottling line was officially inaugurated in early August.
ARESTI LAUNCHES TWO
NEW WINES IN 2018.
Viña Aresti presented two new Gran Reserva wines during an enjoyable lunch offered to the media.
ARESTI AND ACADEMIE
CULINAIRE DE FRANCE
Aresti Trisquel and our sparkling wine Only were featured at the annual induction ceremony where Academie Culinaire de France welcomed new members.
During July, the Dreams Hotels and Placeres Magazine organized a series of enjoyable events in several cities along Chile.
A PRODUCTIVE VISIT
We were very glad to welcome, for the first time, the enologists of Reh Kendermann, our importer of Espiritu de Chile in Germany.
WINE TASTING EVENT IN CANADA
The Prince Edward Island Liquor Control Commission organizes its PEI Festival of Wines
INTENSE WINEMAKER TOUR IN BRAZIL
Juan Ignacio Montt, our winemaker, visited the Brazilian cities of São Paulo.
MASTER OF WINE VISITING FROM THE UK
In his recent visit just a few days ago, Barry Dick MW.
GREAT WINES OF THE ANDES – HONG KONG
The internationally acclaimed wine critic James Suckling presented his ‘Top 100 Wines of the Andes’.
LATEST NEWS FROM IRELAND
Like every year our importer in Ireland, Musgrage, organized its renowned Secret Wine Garden.
SUCCESSFUL ROADSHOW IN CHINA
For a second year running, Wines of Chile organized a successful one-week roadshow in 4 different cities in China
APAS SHOW 2018 IN BRAZIL
ACW participated this year for the first time in APAS, the largest Supermarket Trade Show in the world held in São Paulo
DESCORCHADOS 2018 SÃO PAULO
For a second year, our best wines were presented at the launch of Descorchados 2018.
ANOTHER YEAR AT VINEXPO HONG KONG
Every other year the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre hosts Vinexpo Hong Kong
IMPORTANT VISITORS FROM JAPAN
Like every year, our customer Cordon Vert visited us a few weeks ago from Japan.
Queens of Cups
As part of a very enjoyable activity organized by Wines of Chile in Brazil