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“We want to make exciting and delightful wines that are connected to the land where they are made, where the cold weather, the rain, the volcanic rock, and the character of the people of Traiguén is reflected in fine, pure, and austere wines with excellent aging potential.” Francisco Baettig y Carlos de Carlos

Origin

Our great-grandparents migrated from Switzerland to Chile in the late 19th century and settled on the lands around Traiguén and Purén, where they set to work, farming in an area of volcanoes, lakes, native forests, and abundant rainfall. And their families grew, surrounded by cattle, horses and wheat fields.

Now, more than a century later, our love for this land and our passion for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir led us to dream of making our own wine.

After studying the soil and climate in Traiguén for several years, we chose a plateau with volcanic soil between the Quino and Traiguén Rivers and planted it in 2013, turning our dream into reality with the founding of Viñedos Los Suizos.

Location

Traiguén is located 600 km south of Santiago de Chile, in the province of Malleco (Araucanía Region).
The name Traiguén comes from the indigenous Mapudungun word trayén, which means waterfall.
One of the characteristics of this region is the presence of active volcanoes, lakes, and native forests.
Abundant rainfall and low sunshine make Traiguén an ideal place for sustainable, dry-farmed viticulture.
This region has a number of national parks that protect native species of fauna and flora.

Us

We have been friends for more than 15 years and share a passion for high-quality wines that are genuine and portray a sense of their origin.

“With many years of experience as a winemaker for important Chilean and international wineries, I am responsible for making the wines for Vinos Baettig from the vineyard to the bottle.”
Francisco

“I have spent many years marketing high-end wines from Chilean and international wineries and am now responsible for bringing Vinos Baettig to our consumers’ tables through distributors who specialize in high-quality wines.”
Carlos

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Us

Francisco Baettig was born in Santiago de Chile in 1969. He holds degrees in Agronomy and Enology from the University of Chile, and in 2002, he earned his Master’s degree in Enology and Viticulture from the University of Bordeaux, France. In 2011, the Chilean Circle of Food and Wine Writers named him Winemaker of the Year in recognition of his professional achievements. In 2016, he was one of the five nominees for Wine Enthusiast magazine’s Best Winemaker of the World Award, and in 2018, he was chosen Chilean Winemaker of the Year by wine critic Tim Atkin, MW.

Carlos de Carlos was born in Valparaíso, Chile, in 1972. He has a degree in Commercial Engineering and an MBA from the Adolfo Ibáñez University in Chile, and in 2012, he received his Wine MBA from the University of Bordeaux-Kedge, France. His passion for traveling and learning about different cultures led him to live abroad in different countries in Europe and Asia for more than 20 years. Carlos is a director and consultant for several major wineries.

Vineyard

Our vineyard is located 3.5 km from the city of Traiguén, on Route 76 South - La Esperanza. The soils are of volcanic origin, and we planted the vineyard to French clones of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir without any form of artificial irrigation.

Climate:
Located on the 38th parallel south, Viñedos Los Suizos has a Mediterranean climate with a temperate summer, a fairly short dry period (2–3 months), and a cold, rainy winter. The abundant average rainfall (1,084 mm) allows us to dry farm the vineyards, while the low temperatures (heat summation of 1,200 degree days) and low solar radiation (sunlight) encourage the grapes to ripen evenly, resulting in wines with moderate alcohol levels and excellent acidity, color, and fruit intensity.

Soils:
Viñedo Los Suizos is planted on ancient soils of volcanic origin with clay to loam texture. Thanks to the type of clay and the abundance of volcanic rocks at depth, the soil has an ideal fertility and moisture content for the production of vines and enables balanced plant growth.

The vineyard soils were formed 2–5 million years ago by the weathering of pyroclastic andesitic volcanic breccia during the Pleistocene. Originated from the slow transformation of the minerals from the matrix (lava) of the volcanic breccia into clay, while the rocks (clasts) from the breccia remain intact at depth.

Varieties:
Viñedo Los Suizos sits atop a 22-hectare plateau planted to 9 hectares of Pinot Noir and 6.4 hectares of Chardonnay, both from French clonal material, mostly on rootstock. The vineyard is dry farmed, and weeds are controlled manually and mechanically.

Wines

Winemaking philosophy.
Vinos Baettig makes handcrafted wines with minimal intervention to achieve the maximum expression of place. Fine, pure wines with a sense of origin.
We harvest the grapes at just the right time, ferment with wild yeasts, apply delicate extractions, and use oak in moderation, all as part of our commitment to making wines with the highest quality and the greatest expression of Viñedos Los Suizos.

Wines

Selección de Parcelas

Chardonnay 2019

D.O. Traiguén

2019

Vintage 2019

Cold spring and warm summer season that delivered wines of great depth and complexity. Rainy and cold spring resulted in somewhat late budding and flowering, while yield was affected by October frosts. However, conditions changed abruptly in January, registering a dry and hot summer, which allowed the grapes to advance in their maturity to be harvested during the first two weeks of April, delivering wine of great concentration, ageing potential and fruit intensity. An excellent vintage.

Bright yellow colour. Aromatic and highly complex with notes of pear, nougat, acacia, apricot, honey, wax and hints of dried fruits such as walnuts, hazelnuts and cashew. It is deep and full in mouth with a creamy texture and notes of apple, passion fruit, honey, hay and spices. The body and density are harmoniously balanced by the acidity, giving a deep, fresh, lively and tense wine, with a long finish and great aging potential.

Vinification:

  • Vinification: 100% whole cluster pressed, 24 hrs cold settling, barrel fermented with native yeasts.
  • Aging: 16 months in French barrels. 38% new (400L)
  • Harvest dates: April 10th to 14th
  • Production:  2.900 bottles

Tasting Notes

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Selección de Parcelas

Pinot Noir 2019

D.O. Traiguén

2019

Vintage 2019

Cold spring and warm summer season that delivered wines of great depth and complexity. Rainy and cold spring resulted in somewhat late budding and flowering, while yield was affected by October frosts. However, conditions changed abruptly in January, registering a dry and hot summer, which allowed the grapes to advance in their maturity to be harvested during the first two weeks of April, delivering wine of great concentration, ageing potential and fruit intensity. An excellent vintage.

Cherry red in color, the nose is elegant and complex with aromas of fresh red fruit, such as cherry, rosehip and wild strawberry, subtle floral aromas of violet, lavender and rose, and subtle notes of orange peel and moist earth. On the palate it is tense, linear, and deep, with juicy acidity and notes of pomegranate, graphite and chalk. The firm but extremely fine tannins envelop the palate with a polished and persistent texture. A complex and deep wine. The tight finish and great structure make it ideal for cellaring.

Vinification:

  • Vinification: native yeasts and 15% whole cluster in fermentation
  • Aging: 15 months in French barrels (300L), 22% new
  • Harvest dates: April 5th to 12th
  • Production:  3.450 bottles

Tasting Notes

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Selección de Parcelas

Chardonnay 2018

D.O. Traiguén

2018

Vintage 2018

A cool season that resulted in a long and even ripening of the grapes that produced exceptionally elegant wines.

Linear, deep wines with excellent aging potential.

The abundant winter rains encouraged an excellent bud break in the spring. Moderate rainfall in October and November allowed good vegetative development, and the hot, dry conditions in December aided good fruit set, thereby ensuring excellent production. The scant but welcome rain in January allowed the vineyards to reach their optimum growth, while sporadic rains in February moderated the summer temperatures. A cool and rainy March slowed the progress of ripening and forced us to wait patiently until mid-April to harvest the grapes, which were kept very healthy thanks to the cold and windy conditions.

Bright yellow in color and very complex on the nose, with aromas of citrus fruits, orange blossoms, honeysuckle, acacia flowers, pears, white peaches, and a light touch of walnuts, almonds, and fine pastries such as gingerbread. The palate is vertical, dry, and crisp, with citrusy notes of tangerines and fine hints of nuts. It has great energy and precision, but above all it stands out for its mineral texture and depth. A cold vintage with outstanding aging potential.

Vinification:

  • Hand harvested
  • 100% whole bunch pressed
  • Wild fermentation in French oak
  • 12 months of aging. 26% in new French oak of 400 liters barrels
  • Harvest date: 23rd of April
  • Production: 1.512 bottles

Tasting Notes

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Selección de Parcelas

Pinot Noir 2018

D.O. Traiguén

2018

Vintage 2018

A cool season that resulted in a long and even ripening of the grapes that produced exceptionally elegant wines.

Linear, deep wines with excellent aging potential.

The abundant winter rains encouraged an excellent bud break in the spring. Moderate rainfall in October and November allowed good vegetative development, and the hot, dry conditions in December aided good fruit set, thereby ensuring excellent production. The scant but welcome rain in January allowed the vineyards to reach their optimum growth, while sporadic rains in February moderated the summer temperatures. A cool and rainy March slowed the progress of ripening and forced us to wait patiently until mid-April to harvest the grapes, which were kept very healthy thanks to the cold and windy conditions.

Cherry red in color and intense, lively, and very complex on the nose, with aromas of fresh red fruits such as cherries, pomegranates, and wild strawberries, floral aromas such as violets and lavender, and subtle notes of tobacco and tea leaves. The palate is tense, linear, and deep, with juicy acidity and notes of chalk and graphite that highlight the firm texture of the tannins and the liveliness and tension typical of a cool year. An elegant and persistent wine with tremendous aging potential.

Vinification:

  • 100% Hand harvested
  • Wild fermentation and 18% whole cluster
  • Aged for 15 months in French barrels. 42% new oak of 300 lts.
  • Harvest date: 16th & 23rd of April
  • Production: 2.100 bottles

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Chardonnay 2017

D.O. Traiguén

2017

Vintage 2017

A warm vintage that we like for the concentration and power of its wines.

An early season due to its dry, warm condition and moderate yields, which delivered wide, round, long and complex wines.

Light straw color, on the nose it presents sweet aromas of apricot, pear, honey, nuts such as almonds and walnuts, and subtle notes of fine pastry.
On the palate it is broad, structured and salty, showing tension and precision, with a long finish of fresh citrus notes and a touch of smoked oak.

Vinification:

  • Hand harvested
  • 100% pressed whole bunch
  • Wild fermentation in French oak.
  • 12 months aging. 26% in new French oak from barrels of 400 liters
  • Harvest date: March 28.
  • Production: 1.788 bottles.

Tasting Notes

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Pinot Noir 2017

D.O. Traiguén

2017

Vintage 2017

A warm vintage that we like for the concentration and power of its wines.

An early vintage due to its dry, warm and moderate yield condition, which delivered rich, round, long and complex wines.

Deep carmine red, with aromas of raspberries, rosehip, ripe cherry and faint notes of earth, tea, cedar and licorice. On the palate, it is a deep and structured wine, with round and ripe tannins. A complex, mineral wine with notes of ripe red fruit and a long and juicy finish.

Vinification:

  • 100% hand harvested
  • Wild fermentation and 31% whole cluster
  • Aged for 18 months in French barrels. 21% new oak of 300 lts.
  • Harvest date: 23rd of March
  • Production: 1.680 bottles

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Vino de Viñedo

Pinot Noir 2020

D.O. Traiguén

2020

Vintage 2020

A very dry and warm vintage that produced very healthy grapes, excellent yields and an early harvest, which delivered intense, deep and complex wines. The abundant rainfall in June and July heralded a rainy winter; however, August and September had little rains. This dry condition lasted throughout the spring. The months of October, November and December were warm and accumulated only 74 mm, well below the historical average. The hot and dry conditions of the summer favored an excellent ripening of the grapes and an early harvest that preserved freshness, tension and intensity in the wines.

Vivid red-violet in color, the nose is clean and pure, with intense aromas of red fruits such as cherry, raspberry and delicate floral notes of hibiscus and rosehip. Polished and fine tannins surround the palate with a mineral texture. Flavors of blueberries, strawberries and black tea are also perceived. With juicy acidity and subtle spicy notes, it is a wine with silky tannins, vibrant freshness and great fruit intensity.

Vinification:

  • Vinification: native yeasts and 8% whole cluster in fermentation
  • Aging: 10 months in French barrels. 10% new (300L)
  • Harvest dates: March 20th to 30th
  • Production:  15.180 bottles

Tasting Notes

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Chardonnay 2020

D.O. Traiguén

2020

Vintage 2020

A very dry and warm vintage that produced very healthy grapes, excellent yields and an early harvest, which delivered intense, deep and complex wines. The abundant rainfall in June and July heralded a rainy winter; however, August and September had little rains. This dry condition lasted throughout the spring. The months of October, November and December were warm and accumulated only 74 mm, well below the historical average. The hot and dry conditions of the summer favored an excellent ripening of the grapes and an early harvest in order to preserve freshness, tension and intensity in the wines.

Bright yellow. The nose is austere, pure and elegant with citrus aromas of orange blossom, lime and lemon peel, with faint notes of linden, verbena, pear and dried fruits such as almonds and walnuts. In the mouth, its mineral notes and tension stand out. It is a linear wine with vibrant acidity and a dry, long and mineral finish

Vinification:

  • 100% whole cluster pressed, 24 hrs cold settling, barrel fermented with native yeasts.
  • 10 months in French barrels. 10% new (400L).
  • Harvest dates: April 1st to 13th
  • Production:  15.240 bottles

Tasting Notes

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Chardonnay 2019

D.O. Traiguén

2019

Vintage 2019

A year with a cold spring and a warm summer surprised us with its combination of potency, freshness, and intensity.
Spring rains and cold weather resulted in a late bud break and flowering, and the yield was affected by October frosts. The conditions changed abruptly in January, however, and the hot, dry summer enabled the grapes to continue ripening for harvest during the first two weeks of April, resulting in a wine with excellent concentration and fruit intensity.

Bright greenish-yellow in color. The nose is intense with aromas of nuts and fruity notes recalling passion fruit, white peaches, and pears, along with a sweet touch of honey and quince. Mineral notes and tension stand out on the palate. A wine with vibrant acidity and a long finish.

Vinification:

  • Hand harvested
  • 100% pressed whole bunch
  • 100% wild fermentation in French oak.
  • 11 months aging in barrels. 16% in new French oak. 25% in 400 liter barrels
  • Harvest date: April 10 to 14.
  • Production: 5.950 bottles

Tasting Notes

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Pinot Noir 2019

D.O. Traiguén

2019

Vintage 2019

A year with a cold spring and a warm summer surprised us with its combination of potency, freshness, and intensity.
Spring rains and cold weather resulted in a late bud break and flowering, and the yield was affected by October frosts. The conditions changed abruptly in January, however, and the hot, dry summer enabled the grapes to continue ripening for harvest during the first two weeks of April, resulting in a wine with excellent concentration and fruit intensity.

Violet-red in color and very intense on the nose, with aromas of cherries, raspberries, blueberries, roses, hibiscus, and violets. The palate is fresh and long, with juicy acidity and subtle spice notes. A wine with fine, silky tannins, vibrant freshness, and tremendous fruit intensity.

Vinification:

  • 100% hand harvested
  • 100% wild fermentation and 7% whole cluster
  • Aged for 11 months in French barrels. 18% new 300 lts barrels
  • Harvest date: 5th to 12th of April
  • Production: 9.960 bottles

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Press

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Luis Gutierrez – 31st Aug 2020

—“The Baettig wines are a noteworthy addition to Chile’s top wines. I’m sure these are wines that people will be talking about soon”

Baettig wines are produced in an artisanal and manual way—hand harvesting, native fermentations, soft extraction and judicious use of oak and sulfur are all destined to achieve the expression of the place rather than the hand of the winemaker.

Scores:

  • 95 pts 2018 Baettig Selección de Parcelas Los Primos Chardonnay
  • 94 pts 2018 Baettig Selección de Parcelas Los Primos Pinot Noir
  • 93 pts 2017 Baettig Selección de Parcelas Los Primos Pinot Noir
  • 92 pts 2019 Baettig Vino de Vinedo Los Parientes Chardonnay

Wines description:

2018 Baettig Selección de Parcelas Los Primos Chardonnay – 95 pts RP
There are some flinty sensations with a note of gun powder. It has more finesse and tension, more detail and complexity but in a subtle way. The palate is vibrant and very precise, with symmetry and more austerity and a marked salty note on the finish that makes it very tasty. This has superb balance and should develop nicely in bottle. 1,512 bottles were filled in April 2019.

2018 Baettig Selección de Parcelas Los Primos Pinot Noir – 94 pts RP
The nose is a little more austere than the 2017, but the main difference is on the palate, where it’s vibrant and vertical, with very good freshness. The nose is also a little more austere and nuanced, denoting a better year that has delivered wines with more depth. This opens up nicely in the glass, unfurling more detail and nuance, and it is floral and with notes of pomegranate and blue fruit. 2,124 bottles were filled in August 2019.

2017 Baettig Selección de Parcelas Los Primos Pinot Noir – 93 pts RP
This 2017 red feels quite fresh and bright, with a brightness of fruit that cries Chile to me, with hints of blood oranges, cherries and herbs, more fruit than earth or mushroom/forest notes. It’s clean and balanced, dry and serious, with good acidity but less vibrant than the 2018. 1,680 bottles were filled in October 2018.

2019 Baettig Vino de Vinedo Los Parientes Chardonnay – 92 pts RP
2019 vintage was a little warmer, but the wine keeps its poise, and there is no room for any exuberance here. It has serious notes of white peach and is a little nutty, without any tropical feelings whatsoever, but it’s more floral and gentler than the Los Primos, trying to make it a little more approachable and easy to understand. The palate is sharp, textured and serious with a dry finish. What I like is that the wine feels very Chilean, something I cannot explain easily, but somehow you’d never confuse this with a Burgundy. It has an elegant profile. 6,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2020.

 

Read about Vinos Baettig at Wine Advocate’s Top 100 Discoveries 2020” selection that features 100 wines in the world not to be missed.

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Press

Top 100 Wines of Chile 2020 by James Suckling

–“Baettig debut wines are compelling. The Baettig Vino de Viñedo Los Parientes Chardonnay   2019 (No. 30, 95 pts) and Baettig Selección de Parcelas Los Primos Pinot Noir 2018 (No. 37, 95 pts) are the rare gems that make you contemplate Burgundy”.

Scores:

95 pts  2018 Baettig Selección de Parcelas “Los Primos” Pinot Noir D.O. Traiguén

93 pts  2019 Baettig Vino de Vinedo “Los Parientes”  Pinot Noir  D.O. Traiguén

95 pts  2019 Baettig Vino de Vinedo “Los Parientes” Chardonnay D.O. Traiguén

 

For more information Vinos Baettig – top 100 Wines of Chile 2020 by James Suckling

 

 

 

 

Press

Tim Atkin 2021 report

—Wines of the year Chardonnay:
2019 Baettig Selección de Parcelas “Los Primos” Chardonnay, D.O. Traiguén

—Wines of the year Pinot Noir:
2019  Baettig Selección de Parcelas “Los Primos” Chardonnay, D.O. Traiguén

Scores:

  • 96 pts – 2019 Baettig Selección de Parcelas “Los Primos” Chardonnay D.O. Traiguén
  • 96 pts – 2019 Baettig Selección de Parcelas “Los Primos” Pinot Noir D.O. Traiguén

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Press

Vinous: A stylistic journey from the Andes to the Coastal Ridge

Joaquin Hidalgo – 6th May 2021

–“There is a tendency to plant Chardonnay further south, resulting in wines that seem to come from another planet. The 2019 Baettig Chardonnay Selección de Parcelas Los Primos is a good example: “What interests me about the area,” Baettig said, “is the heightened acidity and aromatic profile I get at low alcohol levels.” His wines leave behind a trail of tension that is the stuff of drinkers’ dreams”.

Scores:

95 pts   2019 Baettig Selección de Parcelas Los Primos Chardonnay, D.O. Traiguén

94 pts   2019 Baettig Selección de Parcelas Los Primos Pinot Noir, D.O. Traiguén

 

Wines description:

2019 Baettig Selección de Parcelas Los Primos Chardonnay, D.O. Traiguén – 95 pts Vinous

The 2019 Chardonnay Baettig Selección de Parcelas Los Primos hails from D.O. Traiguén, Malleco Valley, and was aged for 16 months in 400-liter French barrels, 38% new. Attractive bright yellow in color. The core of the complex, enticing nose consists of ginger, lemon peel and green apple plus hints of nougat, acacia and hazelnut. In the mouth, it is both silky and elegant, with a vibrant acidity that channels the palate and elongates the delicate finish. A masterfully made wine from Francisco Baettig.

2019 Baettig Selección de Parcelas Los Primos Pinot Noir, D.O. Traiguén – 94 pts Vinous

The 2019 Pinot Noir Baettig Selección de Parcelas Los Primos comes from D.O. Traiguen, Malleco Valley and was aged for 15 months in 20% new French barrels. This is a textbook Pinot Noir. Cherry-red with a nose of allspice, blood and damp earth; enticing mushroomy notes appear after a while. The palate is compact with very fine-grained, polished tannins and a freshness that brings tension and energy, while the finish lingers at length.

 

2021 Report: Vinos Baettig – Vinous 2021 Chile – A Stylistic Journey From the Andes to the Coastal Ridge

Press

Peter Richards MW

“Vinos Baettig are taking Chilean Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to another level”

Francisco Baettig – one of top winemakers from Chile – is launching a game changer small project in the south of Chile and the wines are looking…. SPECTACULAR.
Outstanding Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Malleco Valley.

 

Review:

  • 95 pts – 2018 Baettig Selección de Parcelas “Los Primos” Chardonnay D.O. Traiguén

“Subtle aromatics lead into a sumptuous yet tense, ageworthy palate profile. Utterly cogent and beautifully fluent: grace and class in a flinty, gently nutty style. Very grown-up”

 

Press

Descorchados 2021 Report
by Patricio Tapia

—“The Baettig wines have been one of the best debuts we remember in Descorchados…

A promising project in a wine region that is the future of high quality Chilean wines”

Awards:

– Winemaker of the Year: Francisco Baettig

– Revelation Winery of the Year: Vinos Baettig

Scores:

  • 97 pts – 2018 Baettig Selección de Parcelas “Los Primos” Pinot Noir D.O. Traiguén
  • 97 pts – 2018 Baettig Selección de Parcelas “Los Primos” Chardonnay D.O. Traiguén
  • 94 pts – 2019 Baettig Vino de Vinedo “Los Parientes” Pinot Noir D.O. Traiguén
  • 94 pts – 2019 Baettig Vino de Vinedo “Los Parientes” Chardonnay D.O. Traiguén

 

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Press

La CAV 2021

Only four wines. Two chardonnay and two pinot noir. Labels reminiscent of small and renowned French producers. The terroir at the center of them and a surname that knows how to make great wines.
Vinos Baettig is far from being just Francisco Baettig. The man behind Errazuriz, Vinedo Chadwick and Sena wines for more than 15 years has been working with this project for more than a decade together with his partner Carlos de Carlos, a very recognized name not only in Chile but also in many international markets such as Asia and UK. Together they planned the launch of their brand for this 2020 without considering a pandemic or social outbreak.
What could have been a complete failure today is our Best New Winery 2021 with general applause. Wines with enormous personality that speak in an elegant and personal way of a terroir called Traiguén – rainy and with volcanic soil – that has become a star for chardonnay and pinot noir.
We will have to see how the short but intense story of Vinos Baettig continues. It had a great start and we are sure is called to become the protagonist of the new Chile !.

Awards:

– Best New Winery  2021: Vinos Baettig

– Best New Release 2021:   2019 Baettig Selección de Parcelas “Los Primos” Pinot Noir D.O. Traiguén

– Critic Award 2021  :          2018  Baettig Selección de Parcelas “Los Primos” Chardonnay D.O. Traiguén

Scores:

  • 97 pts – 2019 Baettig Selección de Parcelas “Los Primos” Pinot Noir D.O. Traiguén
  • 97 pts – 2018 Baettig Selección de Parcelas “Los Primos” Chardonnay D.O. Traiguén
  • 94 pts – 2019 Baettig Vino de Vinedo “Los Parientes” Pinot Noir D.O. Traiguén
  • 94 pts – 2019 Baettig Vino de Vinedo “Los Parientes” Chardonnay D.O. Traiguén

Contact

Francisco Baettig
francisco@vinosbaettig.cl

Carlos de Carlos
carlos@vinosbaettig.cl

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