Located in the Maule Valley, about 300 km south of Santiago, Viña Maitia makes is operated by the husband and wife team of David Marcel, a French/Basque vigneron, and Loreta Garau, a Chilean enologist. The Maule Valley stands out from Chile’s more established regions by getting so much winter rain, winegrowers can forgo irrigation and dry farm their vineyards. In addition, cool air flows up the Maule River from the Pacific Ocean, holding down the summer highs, extending the growing season and allowing for wines with bright, fresh acidity. After starting Vina Maitia in 2012, David and Loreta set out to create "wines of place" in a sea of otherwise expressionless jug wine. Using all native yeast, low sulfur and stainless steel fermentation, this 100% cabernet sauvignon has bright acidity throughout a palate filled with notes of plum, fresh violets and black cherries. Drink this gem slightly chilled with classic beef empanadas or a hearty kale, shiitake mushroom and sausage bake!