Seña, Chile’s first Icon Wine, is the product of two great families, the Chadwicks and Mondavis. It is the embodiment of their shared commitment to encapsulate the spirit of Chile, its land, and passion for excellence all within a single wine. The joint venture started in 1995 when Robert Mondavi set out to create the “Opus One of South America.” Mondavi enlisted the help of a young and ambitious Eduardo Chadwick to tour the budding Chilean wine country. As Eduardo navigated the mountainous roads of the Aconcagua Valley, showcasing the majestic views of the nearby Andes Mountains, the two men settled upon a stunning hillside estate. The land, in time, would produce a wine that would rise to be welcomed among the world’s First Growths. The name, Seña, means “sign” or “signature” as a manifestation of this shared desire. With the first vintage produced in 1995, Seña has always been a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend with a heavy influence of the other classic Bordeaux varietals.
In 2004, Eduardo Chadwick presented Seña against the finest Bordeaux and Super Tuscan wines of the millennium vintage in a blind tasting conducted by the late Steven Spurrier. The two Chilean wines, Viñedo Chadwick 2000 and Seña 2001, came in first and second place ahead of the world’s best. Now known as “The Berlin Tasting,” this milestone greatly helped bring recognition of Chilean wines to the world-wide market. With the 2019 vintage, Seña celebrates its 25th anniversary as a pioneering wine, symbolic of Chilean excellence.
Ocoa, Aconcagua Valley
Guided by intuition and backed by dual family heritage, Eduardo Chadwick and Robert Mondavi handcrafted a wine that demonstrates the distinctive quality and character of Chile's Aconcagua Valley. Seña is the culmination of their partnership and passionate journey to reach the full potential of Chile's wine country and create a world-class Icon level wine like none other. Sharing their dream, efforts and dedication, in 1997 they released the first vintage of Seña (1995), Chile’s first icon wine. This marked a milestone and initiated the path for making ultra-premium wines in Chile. Starting with the 2013 through to the 2018 vintages, wine critic James Suckling has awarded the wine 99 points, 97 points, 100 points, 98 points, 99 points and 100 points. For those same vintages, the Wine Advocate has awarded the wine 96 points, 95 points, 97 points, 96+ points and 98 points. With the 2019 vintage, Seña celebrates its 25th anniversary as a pioneering wine, symbolic of Chilean excellence.
Wine Advocate -
"The 2019 Seña was produced with a Bordeaux blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec, 15% Carmenere and 4% Petit Verdot with the Chilean character of the high percentage of Carmenere. Most of the volume fermented in stainless steel with some 10% in concrete vats, and the final blend matured for 22 months in French oak barrels, 80% of them new, and 10% in Stockinger vats. It's 13.5% alcohol and has good acidity and freshness, coming through as medium-bodied, elegant and balanced. This is incredibly elegant, subtle and harmonious even at this early stage. It has floral aromas, notes of orange peel, a touch of creamy sweet spices and great freshness. The palate is medium-bodied, seamless and pure, with pungent flavors and a soft texture. It's long, clean, defined and super tasty. I feel this wine is getting better and better by the vintage. The grapes were picked quite early, and that helped to contain the ripeness and seems to have been a great decision. There was also an exception in the Panquehue zone where the Seña vines are, where the summer was cooler than the average, so quite different to many other regions in Chile.” - L.G.
Francisco Baettig was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1969. He studied Agricultural Engineering at the Universidad de Chile and holds a Masters in Enology with honors from the Bordeaux University in France. He is a passionate and tireless worker, with significant professional experience in France, California, Argentina and Chile, all of which have put him in close contact with important figures in the wine world. He is part of a new generation of winemakers who believe in the priority of understanding the vineyard and its terroir, in order to produce wines that express the personality of their origins.
Francisco Baettig is chief winemaker for both Viña Errázuriz and Seña as well as the Enology Manager of the Corporate Group and its related vineyards. In recent years, Francisco Baettig has participated in numerous technical visits to the most important wine producing regions. In recognition of his professional achievements and the great wines he has been making, he was named ‘2011 Winemaker of the Year’ by the Círculo de Cronistas Gastronómicos y del Vino de Chile (Chilean Food and Wine Writers Guild).
Eduardo Chadwick Claro, President of Seña & Viña Errázuriz, is without a doubt one of the most important actors in the Chilean wine scene and also one of its most enthusiastic and charismatic promoters. An Industrial Engineer by profession, he is a descendant of Don Maximiano Errázuriz, the Viña Errazuriz' founder, and shares his innovative vision.
After finishing university, Eduardo Chadwick joined the administration of Viña Errázuriz. He learned viticulture and winemaking from his father and later studied in Bordeaux. This education led him to bring new winemaking practices and technological modernizations to the family vineyard, and enabled him to insert the winery in the twenty-first century and to place Chile on the world map of premium wines. In 2005, Eduardo Chadwick took sole ownership of Seña, catapulting it to its world renowned recognition.
Eduardo Chadwick was also a tireless promoter of Chile’s image around the world, becoming a true ambassador for the country’s potential to produce premium wines.
August 5, 2021 - Owner Eduardo Chadwick and technical director Francisco Baettig proudly present the 2019 vintage of Seña, marking the 25th anniversary of the Chilean Icon.