Santa Rita Gran Hacienda

Santa Rita Gran Hacienda

Founded in 1880, Santa Rita has been one of the pioneers of the modernisation of Chilean viticulture – seeking out new regions to grow different varietals with a focus on single vineyard plots, and producing wines that express a sense of place. Founder Domingo Fernandez introduced not just French equipment and expertise but also electricity to the Alto Jahuel region, where the winery is still based.

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As Chile's second largest owner of vineyards, Santa Rita can draw on a great diversity of terroir, with vineyards planted across the valleys of Limari, Casablanca, Leyda, Maipo, Colchagua, Apalta, Maule, Rapel and Curico.

The Gran Hacienda range expresses the pristine varietal character of Chilean fruit and is meant for everyday enjoyment, while the Reserva wines are made from specific sites in selected valleys. Grapes for the Medalla Real wines are exclusively selected and hand-picked from the best and oldest vineyards, resulting in complex, concentrated and classic wines.

Their flagship wine is the Casa Real, a super-premium Cabernet Sauvignon only produced in exceptional vintages, showcasing the best of the southern Maipo Valley terroir. In 2014, Casa Real 1989 was awarded the prestigious ‘Wine Legend’ status by Decanter Magazine and is the only wine from South America to have achieved this recognition, ranking it alongside some of the most historic wines of the world.

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