In 1979 Miguel Torres, the Spanish wine producer, bought a beautiful but neglected winery near Curicó in Chile. It is large 160 acres. 65 hectares of its own vineyards and a further 215 hectares that are rented out. It is located at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Torres is still honored by Chileans as the first European to see 'bread' in Chilean viticulture. Many have since followed him!
All wines are marketed as Fair Trade. Some vineyards are organic. The costs are 25% higher than with non-organic viticulture. The mono-vintage wines with the Las Mulas label come from this organic viticulture. In the past, the vineyards were irrigated with water brought in by the rivers from the Andes. It was distributed through a system of channels. That system has now been replaced by modern drip irrigation systems.