History

Gandolini Winery was founded in 2011 by Stefano Gandolini and his partner, Fernando Izquierdo Menéndez, a successful Chilean businessman.

Our vineyard is focused exclusively on Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile’s most famous and recognized grape variety. Our first grapevines were planted in 2001. Stefano Gandolini firmly believes Maipo Andes is one of the few places where world-class Cabernet Sauvignon can be made. With a vast experience in the handling of this grape variety in Maipo Andes during his time in vineyards of the area, Stefano Gandolini seeks to make a Chilean icon wine and one of the best in the country, based on the elegance, intensity and complexity of the Cabernet Sauvignon variety in the Maipo Andes.

Gandolini is focused on producing one wine only —Las 3 Marías Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. Its production is limited in scale allowing for the highest standards of quality.

“This wine is unique from its origin. It is born from realizing the amazing treasure that is found in this unique place in Chile.”

Gandolini Las 3 Marías Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Gandolini Winery is, first and foremost, the family project of the Gandolinis.

The name of their wine, “Las 3 Marías Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon”, is a tribute to the three “Marías” that are a part of Stefano’s life: his grandmother, his mother and his wife share the same first name. This wine celebrates the influence of these women in Stefano’s love for family, art and wine.

“Our label depicting a naked woman gazing at herself and communicating with an intimate and sensual expression, inspires people to experience the vast openness of our minds and elevate our senses so we can become free people, people that choose the unknown as our path to find self-love in our lives.”

“Our wine is unique from its origin.  It is born from realizing the amazing treasure that is found in this unique place in Chile.”

Terroir

Denomination of Origin (D.O.)

Vineyards

Aging

Label Design

Age-ability

Old alluvial terraces Nº 3 and Nº 4, Mediterranean-dry climate and high-density planting.

Denomination of Origin Maipo Andes, in the Maipo Valley. This D.O. is one of the few places in the world where “Grand Cru” Cabernet Sauvignon can be produced.

3 vineyards located within the district of Buin (Alto Jahuel, Cerrillo and Catemito). These vineyards were planted in 2001, 2003 and 2005, respectively. These varieties were planted at high densities (7,000 vines per hectare) using the best Cabernet Sauvignon massal selection. Drip irrigation allows for better water management. Total area of 70 hectares (173 acres)

21 to 24 months in new French oak barrels

The elegant and delicate black silhouette of a naked woman sitting with a bird on her left knee, both gazing at each other, with an intimate and sensual expression. The image places humankind and nature at the same level, showing mutual respect, conveying the idea that Las 3 Marías Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is the true expression of its Terroir.

20 years minimum under right cellar conditions.

Terroir

Old alluvial terraces Nº 3 and Nº 4, Mediterranean-dry climate and high-density planting.

Denomination of Origin (D.O.)

Denomination of Origin Maipo Andes, in the Maipo Valley. This D.O. is one of the few places in the world where “Grand Cru” Cabernet Sauvignon can be produced.

Vineyards

3 vineyards located within the district of Buin (Alto Jahuel, Cerrillo and Catemito). These vineyards were planted in 2001, 2003 and 2005, respectively. These varieties were planted at high densities (7,000 vines per hectare) using the best Cabernet Sauvignon massal selection. Drip irrigation allows for better water management. Total area of 70 hectares (173 acres)

Aging

21 to 24 months in new French oak barrels.

Label Design

The elegant and delicate black silhouette of a naked woman sitting with a bird on her left knee, both gazing at each other, with an intimate and sensual expression. The image places humankind and nature at the same level, showing mutual respect, conveying the idea that Las 3 Marías Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is the true expression of its Terroir.

Age-ability

20 years minimum under right cellar conditions.

The Oenologist

Stefano Gandolini

Born in 1966 (Chile), Stefano Gandolini is a man that, motivated by his burning passion for wine, travelled across the globe acquiring a vast winemaking experience from the different cultures of the countries he worked in: Chile, France, Italy, United States and Argentina.

After graduating as an Agronomist from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, he moved to Italy, where he studied at the Piacenza campus of Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, obtaining a Master in oenology. Later, he moved to Bordeaux, France, where he obtained his National Oenology Diploma from Université de Bordeaux II.

In January 2011, Stefano founded the Gandolini vineyard in D.O. Maipo Andes. That same year, he became a partner and Chief Winemaker of Ventolera vineyard, located in Leyda Valley, Chile.

“During my professional life I started to realize we had a unique treasure in Chile for the production of a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.”