The history of Montes seems like a dream, and that’s truly how it began, gradually becoming reality. It was in 1987 that our two original founders, Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray, both highly experienced wine professionals, wanted to realize their dream of producing Chilean wines a quantum-leap higher in quality than the standards of the time. In 1988, they joined up with the other two founders, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, who brought their own complementary skills and expertise to the venture. And thus Montes was born, at first under the name Discover Wine. It was a dream come true for four great visionaries who succeeded in taking Montes wines from nowhere to more than 100 countries worldwide; by making ‘first growth’ wines respected and admired by the world’s critics and trade, and by drawing attention to what Chile was capable of producing. After we created the first Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon - through hard work and passion - it didn’t take long to achieve recognition. It was a mould-breaking wine that immediately raised the bar for other Chilean producers. Concentrated, complex and stylish, its success was.
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Montes was founded on the skills, knowledge and total commitment of its four founders. They had a very clear vision of what they wanted the company to be: the pioneer producer of premium quality Chilean wines that would meet the demands of a challenging world market. Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand overcame the many setbacks they were to meet with enormous wisdom and strength, placing the name of Montes and Chile on the world map of quality wines. Later, they would be joined in this considerable human effort by the Garcés and Barros families, who with their solid entrepreneurial competence, long term vision, and unshakeable commitment, have combined to earn Montes the reputation the company enjoys today - one of the best known, respected and beloved producers in the world of excellent wines.
(Source: Vina Montes Chile)