Primus seeks to create a wine’s finest expression by using only the most outstanding grapes from our vineyards. Each of our renowned appellations have a distinct signature that allows us to produce wines of excellence.
Primus comes from handpicked grapes in organically farmed vineyards. Fermentation takes place exclusively in open tanks with native yeasts, maximizing each variety’s potential. This is complemented by aging in different containers — foudres and French oak barrels — which complete the wine’s evolution and transform our valleys’ best fruit into expressive wines with great elegance, balance and freshness. A perfect accompaniment to an array of gastronomic styles.
Our vineyards are located in renowned areas of Apalta, Colchagua Valley and Maipo Valley. We adhere to organic practices in all of our estates, which gives way to healthy soils, pure fruit and expressive wines.
The Apalta vineyards are located on old alluvial riverbeds of the Tinguiririca. It is a privileged location protected by nature, where the Andes and Coastal mountain ranges meet to form an impressive half-moon of mountains. A vineyard with history, whose pre-phylloxera vines from imported French roots continue to produce high-quality fruit year after year. The hundred-year-old vines have a deep root system, which requires minimal intervention. Both the volcanic granitic soils from the mountains and the silty soils from the river allow for natural drainage. These conditions, along with a semi-arid Mediterranean climate, result in mature grapes that produce balanced, elegant wines.
The Maipo Valley lies at the base of the Andes Mountains, south of Santiago where one of Chile’s most important rivers begins, hence the appellation’s name. Throughout history, the Maipo River has had three major floods, which formed three alluvial terraces similar to those of Bordeaux. The Primus vineyards are located on the third terrace, with alluvial soils, excellent drainage and moderate fertility. Though Cabernet Sauvignon is a very vigorous variety, these soil conditions restrain its growth. The rocky soils in contact with the roots also provide a certain minerality to the wine, expressing the Andes Mountains in each glass. These conditions allow for lengthy wines that are elegant and balanced with great concentration and smooth tannins.