The winery was founded in 1934 by Pietro De Martino Pascualone, who arrived to Chile from Italy in search of a place to satisfy his passion for winemaking. Looking for the perfect site, he found Isla de Maipo in the Maipo Valley, just 50 Km. (31 miles) from Santiago between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The village earned its name because it had been surrounded by a number of branches of the Maipo River until the early 20th century. A powerful earthquake and changes in climate have since dried up all but one large branch of the river.
The vineyards now stand on one of the former branches of the river, which lends the soil characteristics that are unique in the valley and particularly good for vine growing.
The property has grown tremendously since Don Pietro founded it so many years ago. It now has 300 organically managed hectares planted to vine and still maintains its sense of being a family winery.
The third and fourth generations of the De Martino family now work in the winery. Today, more than 80 years after it began, the winery maintains its dynamism, family tradition, and the adventurous, pioneering spirit of the De Martino family.
In 1998 De Martino embarked on a pioneering project: to convert threre traditional agriculture into being 100% organic. They made this decision based on various factors, the most important of which being the respect and care that they have for nature to ensure that in the future they are able to continue producing the same quality of fruit that they produce today. Two years later, they received certification from the German company BCS Oko-Garantie GMBH and in 2001 they had our first harvest of organic grapes to be used in the production of organic wines. Currently they are the second largest producer of organic wines in Chile.
Continuing with this pioneering project, in 2007 they were audited by The Carbon Reduction Institute represented in Chile by Green Solutions in order to measure all of our carbon emissions. From that point, they implemented various sustainable practices aimed at reducing said emissions, such as the Water Treatment Plant, a project which allowed them to become the first winery in the world to generate carbon bonds.
Finally, in 2009 they reaffirmed their position as leaders in sustainability with two feats: they launched the first carbon-neutral wine in Latin America Nuevo Mundo and Vina De Martino became the first carbon-neutral winery in Latin America.
In 2001, Vineyard De Martino has its first harvest of grapes destined for the production of organic wines. This decision reflects their philosophy of producing the highest possible quality wines in a sustainable way, respecting and caring for nature in order to be able to continue producing the same high quality of fruit in the future as they do today.
The dry conditions in the summer months which characterize their country, as well an almost complete absence of disease in their plants, were fundamental factors which contributed to organic production being viable and in 1998 they began the transition from traditional to organic agriculture. After three years they were awarded certification by the German company BCS Oko-Garantie GMBH and they began exporting our first organic wine (Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec).
De Martino Cabernet Malbec
Colour: Deep red
Grapes: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Malbec
Tasting Notes: Elegant floral notes lended from the Malbec combine with aromas of tobacco and spice typical of Cabernet. They are framed by vanilla notes contributed by the oak aging. On the palate, the acidity and freshness are prominent but are balanced by soft, round tannins.
Sulphur Dioxide: 80 ppm
Residual Sugar: 2.54 grams/liter
Acidity: 5.46 grams/liter
Dry Extract: 31.20 grams/liter
De Martino Sauvignon Blanc
Colour: Light white
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Tasting Notes: On the nose, this Sauvignon Blanc possesses notes of peaches, citrus fruits, and green apples. It is vibrant and crisp on the palate, with a pleasant, lingering natural acidity.
Residual Sugar: 1.54 grams/liter
Acidity: 5.67 grams/liter
Dry Extract: 20.00 grams/liter
Napa Valley, USA