Eduardo Chadwick’s father, Alfonso Chadwick Errázuriz, had a passion for vineyards, and was also an accomplished polo player. And it is a fitting tribute that the beloved field where he once played polo is now planted to the grapes that go into the wine named in his honour.
Don Alfonso established Chile’s first wine brokerage in the early 1930s. And in 1942 he bought the 300-hectare Viña San José de Tocornal estate and its vineyards in the Alto Maipo Valley. Even then the grapes grown there were considered exceptional. When the property was later divided, the family retained their home and 25 key hectares of land, including Don Alfonso’s polo field.
Alfonso Chadwick was considered a visionary in his time, particularly in the modernization of the Chilean wine industry. In 1983, he took control of Viña Errázuriz, which was founded by his ancestor Don Maximiano Errázuriz in the Aconcagua Valley in 1870, and asked his son Eduardo to work with him to restore the winery to the prestige it once had.
In addition to his passion for wine, Alfonso Chadwick is considered one of the best polo players in the history of Chile. He was the captain of the Chilean National Team for many years and led his team to win 19 open championships, just one shy of the Guinness Record. His passion for this sport was such that he laid his own polo field at the family estate in the Maipo Valley.
After Alfonso Chadwick passed away in 1993 his son Eduardo succeeded him as President of Viña Errázuriz, continuing his great legacy, passion for wine, and pursuit of excellence.
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