Producer

Altaïr Sideral

Country

CHILE

Region of production

Cachapoal Valley

Appellations

Valle del Cachapoal Andes

Founded

2001

Climate

Major variations in temperature, ranging from very hot summers to cold fronts in the Andes

Soil composition

Combination of alluvials (gravel, clay and sand) and colluvials (large rock fragments at the foot of the Andes)

Vineyard

39 hectares used for production

Agriculture

Sustainable

Production Volume

Altaïr: 18,000 bottles ; 100% reds
Sideral: 108,000 bottles; 100% reds

Varieties Grown

Cabernet Franc , Cabernet Sauvignon , Carmenere Noir, Syrah

Ages of Vines

17 years

Behind the Wines

Marco Puyo

Marco Puyo is both an agronomist and oenologist—and the winemaker at Altaïr Vineyard. He gained valuable experience working in France at Château Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux, William Fèvre in Burgundy and Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin in Champagne... in addition to having distinguished himself at various Chilean wineries.

Where roots run deep

Access the wines of this producer

Altaïr and Sideral are the end result of a project that kicked off in 2001. The idea was to use Bordeaux winemaking techniques in Chile’s Cachapoal Valley to ultimately produce the very best the country could offer by extracting the true essence of the land that lies at the foot of the Andes.

Chilean stars  

The labels of these boutique wines feature stars and stardust... and it’s no coincidence, either. Altaïr is the brightest star in the Aquila constellation and the only one visible from the Southern Hemisphere. It’s come to symbolize a wine that stands out from the rest.

Aiming sky-high

The growers chose Cachapoal Valley for its altitude. Located at 600 metres above sea level, it is home to temperatures that vary dramatically between day and night—perfect conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. The soil is comprised of rock fragments, round stones, clay and sand, all of which are also conducive to producing wines with exuberant, fruity notes and exemplary minerality.

Brilliant Altaïr

Cabernet Sauvignon dominates, but it is complemented by Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in blends that are continually refined from one year to the next. Much like French Grand Crus, Altaïr is simply not made at all in bad years. Since the vineyard is at altitude, grapes are slower to ripen, which allows tannins to develop. The resulting wines are complex, concentrated and elegantly outfitted with opaque red robes featuring violet hues. Intense notes of red and black fruit are enhanced with scents of spice, cedar and truffles. This wine pairs perfectly with fatty lamb meat.

Seductive Sideral

As Altaïr’s younger brother, Sideral is a bold blend of five varieties, including Carmenere, which is named after the carmine colour of its fruit. This grape was fine-tuned to today’s tastes in Chile and is responsible for the chocolatey notes present in Sideral. A surprising personality—elegant enough for fine dinners and casual enough for friendly gatherings—awaits in every bottle.