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.
The Aconcagua Valley takes its name from the striking Mt. Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Andes. A crucial water supply is found in the meltwater from the mountain's snow caps, providing much needed natural irrigation to one of the driest and hottest inland regions in Chile. The region is more famed for its reds, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon. The best red wines are found in the middle ground where an attractive combination of both inland and coastal influences can be found, however the coastal sub-regions of Aconcagua, such as San Antonio and Casablanca are producing some of the country's most successful cool climate varieties thanks to the Pacific's cooling influence.