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Viñas Familiares de Chile, or VFC, is a joint venture between the Bouchon and Bisquertt families, who have brought together their history and viticultural traditions to produce wines of excellent quality.
The Bouchon family are originally from Bordeaux, France, and have been in the Maule Valley for 4 generations, more than 130 years, making wine. The Bisquertt family has been making wine for more than 40 years, when they planted their first vineyards in Marchihue, Colchagua Valley in the 1970s. United by decades-long friendship, both families decided together to begin this ambitious winemaking project that reflects their experience and trajectory.
VFC is certified with the Sustainability Code granted by the Chilean Wine Association, a certification audited by the international consulting firm SGS. The certification includes an evaluation of our actions related to the vineyards, the winery and the social area.
We are committed to minimizing and making up for the impact of our operations, establishing sustainable management for our processes, based on a balance between the economic, social, and environmental aspects.
Our philosophy is to produce quality wines, that identify with the terroir where the grapes come from, with the backing of prestige brands, and made with processes that respect the environment, our employees, and the communities where we work.
Our vineyards are located in the Maule Valley, specifically the sub-valley of San Javier, 300 km south of Santiago, Chile’s capital, and 60 meters m.a.s.l. The Maule Valley is one of the most traditional winemaking valleys of Chile, with excellent climate and soils for growing grapes.
We have 110 hectares planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (34%),
Carmenere (23%), Merlot (15%), Syrah (7%), and Sauvignon Blanc (5%), among others. The vines are vertically trained and drip irrigated. They were planted in 1995-2011-2018-2019. Irrigation is measured via test
pits and analysis of the growth of the vines.
Precipitation is concentrated in winter, with more than 500mm accumulating annually, while summers are sunny and dry, with a large diurnal temperature range, with averages between 20–30ºC. This Mediterranean-style climate ensures the health of our grapes and allows them to reach a balanced ripeness prior to harvest.
The vineyards are planted on alluvial soils with a large quantity of rounded rocks mixed with layers of clay, a combination that allows for the creation of wines with velvety structure on the palate with fresh aromas.
Located in the town of San Javier, in the Maule Valley, our modern and spacious facilities allow us to work rigorously making premium wines, always maintaining strict quality protocols.
+4.5 million litres of storage capacity.
+800 French oak barrels, in 225 and 500 litre formats.
+4 million stainless steel and epoxy cement vats of various sizes.
+12,000 square metres of modern and spacious facilities.
+2,000 square metres for the storage of bottled wine.
An isothermal plant where the administrative offices, laboratory and quality control area are located.
2 complete European washing-bottling and labelling lines.
+5.000 bottles per hour production capacity.
Machinery and equipment for special packaging.
Nicolás Ríos is an Agricultural Engineer and Winemaker, with a Master’s in Oenology and Vitiviniculture from the Universidad de Chile. After his first professional experience at Viña Tabalí, he joined VFC Wines in 2019 as Winemaker. He’s a lover of animals and nature, and is a passionate person and a perfectionist when it comes to constantly searching for the best expression of the terroir in each wine.
At VFC we know that the key to the success of any organisation lies in its people. That is why we have a team of outstanding professionals in each of the areas, committed to excellence and quality.
Head of Laboratory
China Country Manager
Head of Winemaking Cellar
María del Carmen Pérez
Quality Control Manager
Head of Procurement
Asia Regional Manager Asia
Sillanki means “swallow” in the language of the aymara people, natives of northern chile.
This migratory bird, symbol of temperance and effort, after travelling thousands of miles every summer, can be seen resting in the Bouchon Family Wines old adobe cellar.