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August 04, 2014
Kobrand Launches Altamana from Chile
Kobrand is proud to announce the launch of Chilean brand Altamana, whose mission is to resurrect rare, old vine Malbec vineyards from the southern region of Maule.
Founders Count Patrick d'Aulan and Didier Debono have a successful track record together, most recently with highly acclaimed Alta Vista Winery in Mendoza, Argentina.
The rediscovery of Chile's rare and historic old Malbec vineyards could not be in better hands. Patrick d'Aulan comes from a 150 year-old French family winemaking tradition; until 1989, his family owned Piper Heidsieck, the famous Champagne House. A Bordeaux Winemaker, Debono boasts a prestigious resume including Chateau Clinet and La Croix du Casse in Pomerol and Classified Growth from Saint-Emilion Chateau Sansonnet, also owned by the d'Aulan family until 2008.
Over a five year period, the Altamana team carefully mapped the historic Malbec vineyards throughout the Maule winegrowing region to find the best terroir. In order the secure the best vineyard sourcing, d'Aulan and Debono teamed up with Jose Manuel Donoso and Laurent Teillet, two well-established growers from the Maule region. Their expertise in sourcing the best ancient Malbec vines combined with d'Aulan's and Debono's savoir-faire has yielded very unique 100% Malbec wines that reveal the true characters of the great terroirs of Southern Chile.