In 2004, Norwegian entrepreneurs Alexander and Carrie Vik decided that they wanted to make a worldclass wine and began searching for the ideal terroir. After two years consulting with winemakers, climatologists, geologists and agronomists around the South America, they purchased a 4,450 hectare estate in Cachapoal.
In 2006, in the Millahue Valley (which means Place of Gold in the native Mapuche language) they started identifying the top plots and planting their vineyard. The following year, the Viks held a competition for Chilean architects to compete to become the designer of the winery and Smijilian Radic was selected and designed the winery in collaboration with Alexander and Carrie Vik.
VIK’s vineyards are planted across 12 small valleys, totalling 327 hectares under vine. More than 6,000 soil pits and analyses were conducted to match the clonal selection of rootstock and varieties to the specific plots. Varieties planted include Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah, and soil types include colluvial, alluvial, sand, clay, and gravel stone.
VIK is the flagship wine and the icon of the winery, a rich red blend that can cellar well for over a decade.
'The 2014 Vik was produced with a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 13% Carmenere, and this time they decided to forego the Merlot. It fermented after a cold soak, went through malolactic in barrel and matured in French oak barrels, 90% of them new, for 25 months. I noticed a big change between this and the 2013. I feel more freshness here, even if the alcohol is similar and the year was warmer. But there is a lot more Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc (and from 2015 there is no Carmenere in this wine), and they also changed the harvest date, looking for ripe tannins (and no greenness) without loosing the freshness. There is also a little less new oak (and there is less and less in the following years, only 60% in the 2017), only a little less, but the integration feels better. I feel a change between this 2014 and the 2013. 16,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in October 2016.' - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate