Viña Santa Carolina dates back to 1875, when the Chilean mining magnate Don Luis Pereira planted a vineyard on the ancient terraces surrounding Santiago. He commissioned a renowned French oenologist to acquire the fi nest vines from Bordeaux, hired a French architect to design a wine cellar and named the new winery after his beloved wife, Doña Carolina Inuguez. Some of the original Viña Santa Carolina vinestocks are still yielding grapes today – a rare feat, credited to Chile’s natural geographical protection from the Phylloxera plague that has periodically ravaged the vineyards of France and California. Thus, Viña Santa Carolina’s classic varietals boast some of the world’s longest pedigrees. Winemaker Consuelo Marín uses Santa Carolina’s own 1,600 acres of world-class fruit to make wines of true distinction.
A village at the southern end of the Côte de Beaune, south of Chassagne-Montrachet, producing red wines and less frequently whites. The heavy marl rich and clay soils are suited to producing red wines, which are usually powerful though can tend towards the reustic. The best examples have body, weight and plenty of fruit to cover the sometimes rustic tannins. The best wines are capable of ageing well. The finest vineyards are considered to be the premiers crus La Comme, Clos de Tavannes, and Les Gravières, La Maladière, Clos Rousseau on the far border of Santenay. Vincent Girardin is probably the most famous and prolific Santenay producer.
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