All About Odfjell
Odfjell’s original vineyards are located in Padre Hurtado, in the Maipo Valley. These 85 hectares have stony alluvial soils, and a cooler Mediterranean microclimate generated by the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean..
Ribera del Río Claro is in the Lontué Valley, where Chile’s oldest Malbec vineyards are located. The 8.4-hectare vineyard has clay soils; 6.5 hectares are planted to 60-year old Malbec vines. The crystalline water of the Claro River run next to the vineyards and creates a cooler microclimate for the vineyards, enabling a slow and delicate maturation.
The century-old Tres Esquinas vineyard has 18 hectares of vineyards in the traditional Cauquenes zone of the Maule Valley, including old Carignan vines planted more than 100 years ago. While a majority of Odfjell’s vines are trellised, Cauquenas favours a gobelet system.
Because of the challenging landscape, Odfjell’s Norwegian fjord horses play a fundamental role in all the vineyards.
The unique gravity-flow winery was designed by Laurence Odfjell, the son of the winery’s founder, and marked a turning point in the architecture and functionality of Chilean wineries. The winery was the first in South America to employ a gravity-flow system to ensure the gentle handling of the fruit throughout the winemaking processes.
Odfjell are convinced that it is their duty and responsibility to leave a better planet for future generations. Everything from growing to winemaking to bottling is done with respect and care for every component of the ecosystem.