The Escandalo range by Maurico Estuardo Veloso, based in Chile, is a celebration of old vines. After obtaining a oenology degree in Spain, Mauricio spent five years making wine in different Spanish regions. In Bierzo, he first learned about low-intervention winemaking.
Upon his return to Chile in 2011, Mauricio started working for a large producer, where his job was to source fruit from small farmers in various winemaking valleys throughout the country. Travelling in Colchagua, Itata, Maule, and beyond, he discovered many old vineyards with traditional grapes like País, Sémillon, Cinsault, and a few small lots of Carignan, with vines from 60 to over 200 years old. Mauricio was so excited about these vines, that he started his own project in 2013. His main goal with Escándalo is to highlight the exceptional quality of these old vineyards throughout Chile in a time where these older vines are often replaced to increase yields.
Today, Mauricio travels hundreds of kilometres from north to south searching out these old plots. He insists that the work in the vineyards remains traditional, without chemicals and only organic treatments or extracts the farmers have used for decades. The harvesting is manual, and in the cellar, ferment are allowed to happen spontaneously, without any fining or filtration afterwards. Only a small dose of SO2 is added before bottling.
Supporting his views that these old vineyards and traditional methods can showcase the amazing viticultural history of Chile through these old vineyards and traditional methods, Mauricio's wines have a purity that reflects their origin.