Juan is our favourite kind of winemaker. Big on grapes. Small on international wine marketing. A genuine artisan, one-man band, small-scale winemaker.
Juan doesn't own a suit. Probably. He certainly doesn't have a sales manager. So when Juan's principal client went bust we stepped in and helped out. In exchange for preferential prices.
Juan's 2011 vintages are just in. Fresh, pure and delicious. Being a small producer, we don't have an endless supply of Juan's wine. So best get in while you can.
Map of Juan Ignacio's vineyard
Juan Ignacio Mena's Story
"Hi there, my name is Juan Ignacio Mena, I am chilean, happily married and father of 6 wonderful kids. 41 years, agronomy engineer and winemaker.
My story with wine started in 1997, when I was committed to take care of the lands my family had bought in San Javier, Maule, and transform them in a prosper and special vineyard... our family vineyard, Tinajas del Maule. Our vineyard is located in Maule valley (south centre of Chile), wich is a cold area, where the fresh fruit aromas remark over the ones of smoke and marmelades. Our wines are young and friendly, lively, fruity with little oak, soft wines silky instead of dry and astringent!
One of our most important challenges has been to give work and training to not professional people. We have conformed a great working team. These people of great human qualities and values, have become experts in the area despite their little studies, but big effort in learning, team with whom we have developed products of international quality standard (IFS, ISO 9001). I really hope you can enjoy our wines. They are the produce of the decision of taking the best of nature and the best of people. So, as we say in my country: Salud! "