Founded in 1856, Cousiño Macul is the only winery in Chile amongst those established in the 19th century still in the hands of the original founding family. The company remains 100% under family control, producing limited quantities of fine wines.
The name of the winery is derived from the family name of its founder, Matías Cousiño, plus the name of the area where the estate was built, within the Maipo Valley: the company name implies “the land of Cousiño Macul”. “Macul” is a word from Quechua, the language spoken by the indigenous people before the discovery of America, and its meaning is “right hand”.
Grapes have been cultivated in the area of Macul since 1564, when the king of Spain granted the Hacienda Macul to Juan Jufré, a Spanish “conquistador”, who cultivated wheat, barley and vinifera grapes on this estate. In 1856, the Macul estate was purchased by Matías Cousiño with the sole purpose of producing wines.
The Cousiño Macul winery is today governed by the sixth generation, direct descendents of its founder, Matías Cousiño.
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