The Santa Rita winery was founded in 1880 by Domingo Fernandez in the same area of Alto Jahuel where its main facilities stand today. From the end of the nineteenth century to mid-1970s, the winery developed under the ownership of the García Huidobro family.
Expansion of Santa Rita
At the end of the 80s and the beginning of the 90s there began a period of great expansion for the winery, sustained by the strong boost in its exports and the excellent reputation of its wines. In turn, in the agricultural area Santa Rita completed the acquisition and planting of more than 1,000 hectares in the most important Chilean wine producing valleys: Maipo, Rapel, Lontué, Casablanca and Apalta. In 1992, project Viña Carmen began, oriented towards the production of fine wines for the international market. And in 1997, Santa Rita winery made its first entry abroad when it formed Viña Doña Paula PLC in the Republic of Argentina.
Leader in Premium Wines
Santa Rita and its subsidiaries currently market their products in over 75 countries, always focusing on the premium and superfine segment. All the above forms the basis which has allowed Santa Rita winery to place itself in a privileged position as producer and leading exporter of quality premium and superior quality wines. In the wineries for aging, as such, barrels made of French and American oak, are used in which the wine acquires complexity and body with a woody taste and a smooth and delicate aroma. One of the oldest wineries for aging wine is to be found in Alto Jahuel (Buin). There, in a cellar, the winery’s best wines such as Casa Real and Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon are aged. This winery, which has been declared a national monument, was built of stone and mortar by French architects.
(Source: Santa Rita Chile)