Neyen’s vineyards are located in the old terraces of the Tinguiririca River in Apalta, a sub-region of the Colchagua Valley. It’s a unique location set apart by nature, where the interior Andes Mountains and the Coastal Range meet, creating a half-moon formation.
Rich in history, Cabernet Sauvignon vines were first planted here in 1889. Carmenere was added in 1936. These pre-phylloxera vines, growing on original root stock, continue to produce high quality fruit year after year. The vineyards are managed organically and biodynamically, and the winery works in tune with the estate’s rich biodiversity to maintain a balanced ecosystem. Owing to age and a deep root system, Neyen’s vineyards require minimal intervention. Granite-rich volcanic soil from the mountains, along with clay loam from deposited sediment, encourage natural drainage. These conditions, together with the semi-arid Mediterranean climate, result in slow-ripening grapes and balanced, elegant wines.
Neyen is a project of Rodrigo Soto, a pioneer of biodynamic viticulture in Chile. Each vintage, the winery releases a singular blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere from these old vines. Cabernet provides the structure and backbone, while Carmenere, Bordeaux’s “lost variety” delivers a soft texture and silky finish. The wine is regularly lauded by critics.