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THE MOAI HISTORY

The Moai (pr. mo-eye) of Easter Island, off the coast of Chile reflect our commitment to discovery, craftsmanship and passion. These three elements have been the guiding principles for Don Mateo wines from Chile.

The Moai also inspire us to think of our wines as standing the test of time and are consistent from bottle to bottle.

They look to the land, the sea and the sky – critical to the making of our wine. They remind us of our founders and their commitment to excellence. And, they inspire us to produce our wines with passion and craftsmanship.

"Moai are monolithic human figures carved from rock on the Polynesian island of Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500. Nearly half are still at Rano Raraku, the main Moai quarry, but hundreds were transported from there and set on stone platforms called ahu around the island's perimeter. Almost all Moai have overly large heads three-fifths the size of their bodies. The moai are chiefly the living faces of deified ancestors. The statues still gazed inland across their clan lands when Europeans first visited the island, but most would be cast down during later conflicts between clans.

The 887 statues, production and transportation is considered a remarkable creative and physical feat. The tallest moa erected, called Paro, was almost 10 meters (33 ft) high and weighed 75 tons."


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