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 Chardonnay 2017
This wine is a bright golden-yellow in color with fruity aromas of peaches and melon. The palate presents good volume and balanced acidity with medium-high persistence and fruitiness that make this a pleasing, easy-drinking wine.
Food Pairing: Ideal with appetizers or light dishes such as pastas or white meats. more
in mixed case $8.09
Santa Rita 120 Merlot 2016
Our 120 Merlot is a red-violet colored wine, with intense fruity aromas reminiscent of red fruit and flower, vanilla and tobacco. It is a full-bodied, elegant wine, well-balanced in acidity and mature tannins developing a fresh, fruity finish.
Ideal with fatty fish such as salmon, also good with pastas and ... more
in mixed case $8.09
Santa Rita Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Color: Intense ruby red.
Nose: Ripe black fruit, plums and fine herbs, gracefully combined with vanilla, cloves and fragrant spices.
Palate: Complex body with soft tannins and a rich texture.
Food Pairings: Ideal with red meats, pork, pasta and assorted cheeses. more
in mixed case $13.04
Santa Rita Secret Reserve Red Blend 2017
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
in mixed case $10.79
All sizes are 750mL unless otherwise noted.
Vintages and ratings subject to change at any time.
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