Viñas Queirolo was founded in 1880 by the Queirolo family who had emigrated from Liguria, Italy.
Of Italian origin, the Queirolo family sailed for Peru in the late 1800s and have been producing local wine and Pisco in Lima since 1880.
In 2000, the 3rd generation of the family, Jorge Queirolo, decided to invest more heavily in their wine business, employing French consultants Jacques Blouin and Edmundo Bordeu to create wines of international quality. The result is a broad range of universally recognised varietal wines under their Intipalka label. Included is a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, a tropically fragranced unoaked Chardonnay, a rich and savoury rosé ideal for red wine drinkers, and bold reds such as a brambly Syrah, smoky Tannat and earthy Malbec.
A new addition to our range is their Gran Reserva Malbec/ Tannat dominant blend. The Intipalka Gran Reserva No.1 Viñas Queirolo has been crafted under the expert guidance of Alejandro Sejanovich – the acclaimed viticulturist and winemaker who specialises in mapping South American vineyard terroir. Since the wine’s launch, it has regularly received high praise from some of the most renowned wine critics and publications, becoming Viñas Queirolo’s most iconic wine.
Along with his oenology team, head winemaker Luis Gomez aims to produce wines that express great depth and concentration, revealing the personality of a challenging yet rewarding Peruvian terroir.
Currently, Queirolo Vineyards owns approximately 700 hectares of vineyards planted across the valley and over some jaw-dropping steep slopes. Many of their vines are used for the production of Pisco (of which they are the leading producer in Peru) but their best vineyard sites on mountainous terrain are reserved for their ‘grand cru’ wine, Intipalka Gran Reserva N°1.
Vinification is carried out in a state-of-the-art winery in Pachacamac, with controlled temperature fermentation in stainless steel tanks and the careful use of French oak barrels for selected wines.
In 2000, French-imported vines were planted in sites of outstanding potential in the Ica Valley – located at the feet of the Andes, 60km from the coastline and over 500m above sea level. The vineyards are planted on the hillsides of the mountains, where loam and silt soils allow for sufficient moist retention as well as proper drainage. A modern drip irrigation system guaranties precise water supply in this desert climate. Hand-picked grapes are vinified in their state-of-the-art winery in Pachacamac, in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
The unique desert climate, with warm sunny days and cool nights, produces grapes with delicate aromas and bright acidity. Viñas Queirolo takes a minimal intervention and sustainable approach to viticulture and winemaking. For example, to protect against common diseases such as mildew, only sulphur is used. To aid fertilization, only organic compost is used. To fining and filtering and to maximise flavours and textures, light tangential filters are used.
- Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec/Tannat
- ABV 13.5%