A foreigner with Chilean roots. In 1991, Santa Rita was hoping to import Syrah from the United States, but due to the grapes shortage at that time, it opted for the little known Petite Sirah. Once in Chile, this varietal was grafted into old grapevines to respect the new grape quarantine in Chile. At the end of the quarantine, it was replanted in several high quality valleys and plots, but to everyones surprise, it was the original old grapevines that produced the best results. We are now proud to say that perhaps the best Petite Sirah in South America comes from a Chilean vine.
In 1987, before the Maipo Valley gained global recognition, a bottle of the 1984 vintage of Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon changed the history of Chilean wine. Defeating over 35 participants, including wines from France, Spain and Californias Napa Valley, Medalla Real became the first Chilean wine to win the Paris Wine Olympics and obtain the gold medal. This recognition, organized by the French food and wine magazine, Gault-Millau, helped position Chile internationally as a producer of high-quality wines, surpassing iconic wine production countries from the Old World. It also showcased the Maipo Valley as an area of excellence for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is precisely to commemorate this milestone that we decided to launch Medalla Real Gold Medal, a Cabernet Sauvignon by winemaker Sebastián Labbé, which looks to bring the best of the Maipo Valley to the consumer.
Our Tres Medallas line celebrates the history, tradition and awards given to Viña Santa Rita. A wine that specifically commemorates the three medals given by the International Wines & Spirits Competition during the 1980s. A tour of Chile, with the best representation of the different wine varietals our country has to offer.
OUR HISTORY Viña Santa Rita was founded in 1880 by Don Domingo Fernández Concha, a leading businessman and public figure of the time. Don Domingo brought the finest French grape varieties to the rich soils of the Maipo Valley, together with specialized equipment and a team of top winemakers from France. This brought techniques that were hitherto unknown in Chile, changing the way in which wines were made in the country and bringing spectacular results.
In 1980 the company became part of the Claro Group, and the new ownership brought a major leap forward in quality and business acumen. Major investments were made, allowing exports to be increased by the end of the 1980s. The new owners also implemented a range of technological innovations, allowing the company to craft higher-quality wines.
Since then, Viña Santa Rita has continued to work with the latest and most advanced technology to create exquisite wines for each of its product lines, bringing forth the many prizes and awards that it has earned over the years.
For more than 135 years, Santa Rita has worked ceaselessly to craft fine wines, earning it vast experience that shines through in the quality of its products - quality that has been upheld over the decades, and will carry on delighting wine lovers in every corner of the world.