The history of wine in Chile began around 1550 somewhat after its discovery and conquest. Writers of the period spoke of the first planting of vines for the wine production immediately after Pedro de Valdivia took possession of the Chilean territory in the name of the King of Spain. as a result, Chile was more than a century ahead of South Africa in establishing its first vineyards, and became the first wine producer in the new world, some 200 years before California.
Although the growth of wine-making in Chile during the colonial period was as slow as the evolution of society it self, towards the end of the 18th century the first shipments of wine to other American countries were made from the port of Valparaiso. Around that time, land that would later belong to ViÃ±a Santa Rita began to be used for grape growing. These land were also the stage for significant historic events associated with the independence of Chile. National heroes such as general Bernardo O'Higgins one of the founding fathers of the Chilean Nation, found safe harbor there after battling the forces of the Spanish crown.
In the middle of the 19th century, once the republic had been established, a decisive change in the Chilean wine producing sector came about. Until that time, colonial methods of land use had been employed.
Some visionaries, among them Don Domingo FernÃ¡ndez, a distinguished politician, founded ViÃ±a Santa Rita in 1880 and promoted the introduction of the finest French vine stocks. Following the advice of expert French penologists, he began producing wines with techniques and with results far superior to those traditionally achieved.
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Santa Rita 120 Carménère 2015
Color: Intense ruby red with violet hues.
Nose: Ripe red fruit and fragrant spices.
Palate: Fresh, light-bodied and elegant with a commanding, fruity flavor rounded out by soft tannins. more
Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay 2016
Color: Pale gold.
Nose: Bursting with aromas of luscious tropical fruit, fresh green apples and a zesty note of orange peel.
Palate: Silky, fruity and refreshing. Medium-bodied and round. more
Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Color: Pale straw.
Bouquet: Reminiscent of citrus blossoms and peaches, rounded out by appealing herbaceous notes.
Taste: Nuances of citrus fruit and white peach, supported by a zesty acidity and smooth texture that lingers on the palate.
Serving Suggestions: Excellent as an aperitif or with seafood, cold appetizers and hors ... more
Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Lustrous ruby red color. Ripe red and black fruit aromas mingle with leather and spice, exquisitely balanced by wood notes evoking vanilla and toast. Supple tannins and a majestic structure conclude in a complex and persistent finish. Delicious with steaks, wild game, hearty stews, casseroles and ripe, semi-creamy cheeses. more
Santa Rita Reserva Carmenère 2015
Color: Brick red.
Bouquet: Fragrant red fruit mingles with subtle spice notes.
Taste: Soft, savory tannins are balanced by lush fruit and spice characteristics. A well-rounded and lingering wine, delivering a rich, smooth finish.
Serving Suggestions: Delicious with steak, barbecue, venison, game birds, and ripe blue cheeses. more
Santa Rita Secret Reserve Red Blend 2014
The intensity and depth of the Cabernet Sauvignon, the elegance and softness of the Merlot, the freshness and red fruits of the Syrah, and the tannins of the Carmenere and Petite Verdot result in Santa Rita's Secret Reserve. more
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