Emile Bouchon
Discovers Chile in the 19th Century
Our story begins with the dream of an adventurous young Frenchman almost a century and a half ago. At the age of 22, Emile Bouchon left his home – a community of small winemakers in Arveyres near Bordeaux, France – and boarded a boat headed for Chile. It was the spring of 1887.
Emile had been hired as a consulting winemaker by the Vigouroux Vineyard, which at that time was quite well-known in Chile. Here he stood out for the techniques and knowledge he had learned in France, and he soon began to make a name for himself as a winemaker.

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After many years of hard work, he came into possession of the Angostura Vineyard, an old winery in the Colchagua valley, where he began to grow the typical French varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc, transforming it into one of the most celebrated vineyards of its time.

Emile met and married Germaine Fauré, whose family had also left France for Chile in search of new opportunities, and they had four children together. Their two sons, Abel and Antonio, went on to study Agronomy at the University of Chile and kept the family viniculture tradition alive, just as Antonio’s son Julio would do many years later.

Julio Bouchon
and his Love for the Maule Valley
Continuing in the adventurous spirit of his grandfather who had abandoned his native France almost a century earlier for the wild Chilean frontier, Julio Bouchon Sr. decided to set out to find a new terroir in which to carry on the Bouchon family wine project.
In his search for the perfect new location, he became infatuated with the clayey soils of the coastal dry land of the Maule Valley, in the middle of the Coastal Mountain range, which eventually led to the purchase of the Mingre estate in 1887.

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At that time, Mingre had nearly 120 planted hectares of old-vine País (mission) and Carignan, as well as a large hacienda-style house dating back to the mid-19th century, a wine cellar with cement tanks and several other adobe structures. The vineyard was operated by a team of dedicated workers, most of whom had been born and raised right there on the estate.

Once he had relocated the family to Mingre, Julio Bouchon Sr. planted typical French varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and, over the years, introduced new technologies and practices to improve the quality of the wine, including the acquisition of stainless steel barrels, an isothermal plant and a bottling line in the early 1990s.

The 4th Bouchon Generation
Comes of Age
For Bouchon, family is everything: past, present and future. A young Julio Bouchon Jr. joined the family project halfway through the 90s. His siblings Juan and María came on board ten years later.
Their arrival coincided with a new phase for Bouchon: exportation. It was a time when a young, fresh point of view was just what was needed to strike a new balance between tradition and innovation..

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The professions and experience of the three siblings complement each other perfectly. Nowadays each one has their own area of expertise, but they all share fond memories of a childhood spent at their father’s side at the annual pruning before the onset of winter, as well as helping him sample the grapes at harvest time.

In 2014, this latest Bouchon generation struck out on their own and re-launched “Las Mercedes”, creating wines that represent their own style under the freedom of a separate label.