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The first vines in Chile were planted here in 1546, but the winery itself was founded by the Cousiño family in 1856. Of its peers established at the same time (such as Concha y Toro), Cousiño Macul is the only one that continues in the hands of the original founding family, now in its sixth generation. In 2005, the Guia de Vinos de Chile gave top honors to Cousiño-Macul's 2003 Antiguas Reservas Chardonnay, which, at less than $15 (£10) per bottle, is also an excellent value. Using entirely estate-grown grapes, Cousiño-Macul's wines are known around the world for their distinctive Maipo characteristics and fruit. To celebrate its 150th birthday, the winery recently launched its first icon wine, Lota. The beautiful estate, with its lush, French-designed gardens, is worth a visit to see this grand original in the history of Chilean wine. Tours cost $10 (£6.70) and include a souvenir wine glass and tastings of two wines.