The history of the small wine producers in Chile was shaped in the early 1970s by Chile’s Agrarian Land Reform, which ended tragically with a Military Coup, interrupting our country’s long democratic tradition. Viñas Caupolican’s growers are the living example of a diminishing number of families striving to hold onto their land despite the accelerating process of land centralization by a small number of multinational wineries.
Us small growers forming the Caupolican group have gradually achieved a bond like brothers. We have entered the associations in tiny little groups of family members or neighbors. The two Rojas sisters and their niece, the two Ortiz brothers, the three Astaburuaga brothers and sisters, two Cañetes, two Perez and their sons and the three neighbors Reyes, Hinostroza and Diaz. We are all of us from the same county.
Machitun is the name of our line of wines. We became inspired in an indigenous healing ritual from the Mapuche communities in Chile. Their shaman is a wise old women, or “Machi”. The Machi could also be a wise man, but he will disguise himself and act as woman, because the ritual must appeal or seduce one of the masculine Mapuche spiritual forces.