It all began in the 19th century when a young viticulturist from France named Emile Bouchon arrived in Chile. Many years later, now deeply rooted in the Maule Valley, Julio Bouchon and his children carry on the family tradition of creating distinctive, terroir-driven wines.
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.