Christian is the head of Bouchon winemaking. He first studied at Universidad Mayor in Chile, then obtained his Enology and Vitiviniculture Master's degree at the Universidad de Chile. With his formal education and winemaking experiences abroad (France and New Zeland), Christian was named the "Best Young Winemaker" by Tim Atkin MW, "Winemaker of the year" by the Circuito de Cronista Gastronómicos and Wines of Chile, and "Best Young Winemaker in Chile" by the recognized newspaper "El Mercurio". Christian is a firm believer of what Emile Bouchon started back in 1887 -- we are TERROIR because we want wines that highlight their origin, where barrel aging adds complexity, but is not the protagonist.
Our vineyards are located in the dry interior of the Maule Valley, which is one of the oldest soils in Chile. Aged approximately 20 million years, dry interior soils are composed of granitic rocks with a high degree of decomposition making it possible to produce wines of great structure and length.
Bouchon history begins with an adventurous young French man in the spring of 1887. Emile Bouchon left his little town in France, to board a ship, toward Chile. Coming hired as a winemaker adviser, he achieved to own an antique wine cellar, turning it into one of the most prominent vineyards of that age; a tradition that his children Antonio and Abel would continue. Currently, we are OLD VINES without irrigation, making a sincere effort to rescue the heritage grape varieties of southern Chile, such as País, Semillon, Carignan and Cinsault. For us, everything is born and reborn in our old vineyards in the dry interior of the Maule Valley. Making wines that highlight their origin, where barrel aging adds complexity, but is not the protagonist. We are SUSTAINABLE because we are committed to reducing the impact of our operations. We are organic because we believe that vineyards should live in harmony with the environment that surrounds them.