"Elqui Valley is known for least amount of precipitation in the world (actually it is #2 behind Antarctica). It borders the Atacama Desert, the best place in the world for stargazing because there is so little water vapor in the atmosphere. Elqui has a long history because it was the southern border of the Inca Empire. There are still thousands of signs of that civilization, including the irrigation channels network.

The Olivier family started Viña Mayu in 2005 as an independent family winery. The Olivier family first brought fine winemaking to the Elqui Valley with Viña Falernia in 1998. They honor the place and its history with the name of the winery - "Mayu" is the Incan word for the Milky Way's river of stars. The driving force for starting a winery in Elqui was a passion for the challenge of transforming a tract of desert with enormous potential into a vineyard producing premium wines.

Mauro Olivier Alcayaga was the pioneer of planting fine wine grapes in the Elqui Valley in 2000 with his first Carmenere and Syrah plantings. Finally in 2005, he set up his own wine business.

Giorgio Flessati was born in Trento where he comes from a long line of viticulturists and chose to continue the family tradition, graduating in oenology at San Michele all'Adige, the celebrated wine academy near Trento. He is also the General Manager and Chief Winemaker for Lagaria in Italy (with projects in Trentino and Sicilia)."

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Mayu Pedro Ximenez 2017
"Mayu Pedro Ximenez is a stylish white wine that offers appealing floral and fruit aromas, with flavors balanced by fresh acidity, minerality and a long finish."~Distributor Notes

Mayu Pedro Ximenez 2016
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90+"The 2016 Pedro Ximenez is very floral and fresh with great acidity, a white from very old vineyards in Elqui on decomposed granite soils. This is fresh, somehow austere and very tasty. Different, with its personality, and really affordable."~Luis Gutierrez

Mayu Pedro Ximenez 2015
89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89 "I also tasted the 2015 Pedro Ximénez, a wine from a vintage that was warmer than 2013 and 2014, and you notice slightly higher ripeness with some notes of Mediterranean herbs; at the same time though, it is more restrained, with yellow rather than white fruit. The palate is not as

Mayu Pedro Ximenez 2014
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The 2014 Pedro Ximénez is produced with the fruit of very old Pedro Ximénez vineyards that were used to produce Pisco in the past. It matured in barrels with bâttonage, but there's no trace of oak at all; it's a fruit-driven, clean effort with faint notes of white flowers and some