Antiyal was founded by Alvaro Espinoza, winemaker and consultant for Vinedos Emiliana in Chile. Alvaro comes from a real wine family. His grandfather Lautaro was a wine merchant in the 1930s and his father Mario a well-known winemaker and oenology teacher. Alvaro has participated in many successful projects and is a widely respected consultant at the major internationally renowned Chilean wineries. In 2015, he was even named one of the 50 most influential winemakers in the world according Decanter Magazine. His own vineyards bear the name Antiyal. This is a word used by the Mapuche (Indians) and means "sons of the sun".
All of the Antiyal wines are organically and biodynamically grown.
They believe in growing the grapes this way because it lends the wines more genuine flavours with a stronger sense of place. The reality that these fields will also be in better shape for future generations to continue to do the same is also important. At Antiyal they tend to the plant vigour row by row by using very little irrigation and canopy management. Their yields are about 4 tonnes per hectare and this allows for a holistic maturing of the fruit both in bricks and tannin.
The applying of composts produced with organic composts and manure from the own farm complete the natural cycle of nutrition lending fertility and balanced health to the vineyard.
All of the vineyards of Antiyal (and Kuyen) are farmed in a sustainable manner with close care given to the vid that would only be possible on a small scale.