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Welcome to Château DeFay Vineyards!


Welcome to Château DeFay Vineyards!

In 2002, Jacques and Angie Defay decided to take a leave of absence from their consulting business in Falls Church, Virginia to start a vineyard and winery in Guatemala. Why Guatemala? According to Jacques it was the most beautiful country he had ever visited. First as a staff member of the Organization of American States and second as an economist for the Inter American Development Bank, Jacques had visited Guatemala on numerous occasions while conducting technical assistance projects and negotiating loans for the Bank. He had been in Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Chichicastenango, spent many days walking through the streets of Guatemala City and Antigua, and experienced the friendliness of the Guatemalan people. He had promised himself that one day, he would return and live in Guatemala after he had finished his international career. But he never dreamt he would start a vineyard.

That decision came later after various other failed attempts at farming in Guatemala. Jacques and Angie’s very first thought was to plant raspberries and export them to the United States. So they rented a car and set out looking for land in Parramos and Chimaltenango. Many months later, after numerous failed attempts at purchasing land, they gave up that possibility and widened their search to the area of Antigua. One day by pure coincidence, they stumbled on a beautiful piece of land in the area of Santa Maria de Jesus. The minute Jacques and Angie saw the land they knew they had found what they had been looking for and shortly after, purchased what was to become Finca Defay. More>>

Château DeFay on Guatevision TV
Château DeFay on Guatevision TV
Entrevista Jack DeFay - Degustación del vino

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