VIÑA TIPAUME winery was founded in 1996 when the Pouzet-Grez family purchased 6.5 hectares (16 acres) in the small village of Cerrillos, near Rancagua in Chile. Tipaume is run by family member Yves Pouzet, a French national with a degree in agronomy (Ingénieur Agronome) from the Institut National Agronomique de Paris. He worked in his native Beaujolais, and for William Fevre in Chablis. He later moved to Chile and was involved there with Viña Los Vascos in its early stages. He was winemaker for Viña Porta from 1993-1995, and later at Torreón de Paredes from 1997.
VINEYARDS In Chile’s Alto Cachapoal region at around 400 metres (985 feet). Planted from 1996, and ungrafted (‘franc de pied‘). Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec plus white grapes Viognier and Lacrima Christi. Dry farmed. Vine density of 4,410 vines per hectare (3,000 vines per acre).
CERTIFICATION Certified organic from planting in 1996. 2011 was the first vintage for which the estate achieved full Biodynamic certification from Demeter.
WINERY Underground (‘sous la maison‘, French for ‘under the house’).
TIPAUME RED From all 6 varieties in the vineyard. Fermented and aged in barrel. Youthful, a little extracted but lovely brightness to the fruit at the Real Wine Fair in Tobacco Dock 17-18th April 2016.
GREZ RED 2014 6 varieties. Fermented and aged in amphora. 1,000 bottles. Very nice fruit, simple cranberry at the Real Wine Fair in Tobacco Dock 17-18th April 2016.
CONTACT Sociedad Agricola Tipaume Limitada, Cerillos 1435, Rengo, Chile / +56 962088347 / www.tipaume.cl