Longaví is the personal project of two friends from different continents who came together in 2012 to produce wines together, Chilean Julio Bouchon and South African David Nieuwoudt.
Julio, a descendant of a French wine pioneer who arrived in Chile in 1887, is the producer, and David, owner of Cederberg, one of the most prestigious wineries in South Africa, is the winemaker.
Longaví, meaning “snake´s head”, draws on the spirit and legends of two continents. The name derives from a stratovolcano called Nevado de Longaví, a perennially snowcapped peak of 3242m, situated in the Maule region in Chile.
This is a large, lone-standing crater, showing inmmense stature, set majestically at the foot of the Andes. A small town, named after the volcano was established here long after this crater was formed.
JULIO, THE PRODUCER
Julio is a journalist by profession, but an oenologist at heart. He sees client relationships, and participates in tastings and wine blending decisions. He enjoys expressing his passion for the outdoors through the wines he creates. The prestigious Decanter magazine (UK), has recognized Julio as one of the top 10 winemakers in South America.
DAVID, THE WINEMAKER
David completed his studies at the Elsenburg Agricultural College in South Africa. The wines produced by his Cederberg Private Cellar vineyard-with 5 generations of his family-have been recognized multiple times by Decanter magazine (UK) and other publications.