In the late 1990s, Felipe Ibáñez and Jorge Gutiérrez, who had been friends since childhood, founded Viña Anakena in Alto Cachapoal, at the foothills of the Andes Mountains with the goal of crafting elegant, innovative, and distinctly New World wines that reflected their origin and Chile’s potential as a producer of world-class fine wines.

Convinced that high quality was synonymous with distinction, they visited the world’s most renowned wine regions to learn the latest viticultural and enological techniques and bring them home to Chile along with most up-to-date technology for crafting fine wines. In 1999 they planted their first vineyard in Alto Cachapoal and built the Viña Anakena winery, leaving no detail to chance. This outstanding facility is modern, functional, and beautifully finished.

In planning the Anakena winery facility, architect Luis Uriarte began with a quintessential colonial style and incorporated all the modern elements needed to vinify and sell our wines.

The wine cellar itself was designed in 1999 by Techniques Trading, a leading South African firm that also advised us on acquiring the latest technology. A high-tech laboratory allows the enological team to precisely manage all indicators and variables to ensure the highest quality product.

The 6.000 m2 cellar has 4 naves that house the laboratory, 148 stainless steel tanks, specially equipped rooms that can hold 1,300 barrels, and our “cellar door,” where we welcome visitors from around the world.

At Viña Anakena, the quality of our wines is more than a goal—it is a core value. Our work is guided by the pursuit of excellence and attaining the highest possible quality. Our unique style in crafting fine wines enables us to offer special, distinctive wine that satisfy the most demanding consumers. We want our wines to reflect their origins in our own vineyards, located in Chile’s best terroirs, as well as the experience and vision of our viticultural and winemaking team.

WINEMAKER, VIÑA ANAKENA

Cristián loves the outdoors and always enjoys Chile’s spectacular natural settings, such as the Andes Mountains in the east, the Pacific Ocean in the west, the Atacama Desert in the north, and the incredible Patagonia in the south.

These conditions also make Chile a viticultural paradise, and as such led him to study Agronomy at the University of Chile and then specialize in Enology and Viticulture, which is his life’s passion.

Following his passion for wine, he has traveled to the world’s major wine regions such as Mendoza, California, and Europe, as well as other trips to Asia.

Over the course of his career he has gained great experience in making cold-climate wines in both the Leyda and Casablanca Valleys.

Today he is the Head Winemaker at Viña Anadena, part of the Accolade Wines group of wineries, one of the major wine companies in the world.

Cristián enjoys encouraging and teaching about winemaking and also participates in different tasting panels.

Cristián comments:
“We aim to create wines with expression and identity, wines that speak of their origins and the people and the land behind them, by combining the knowledge that comes from tradition with modern innovation and technology, thereby demonstrating that Chile is a world-class New World wine producer.”