Viña Almaviva winery is located in Santa Rosa im Maipo Valley
near the capital Santiago de Chile. It was in 1997 as joint venture
between Château Mouton-Rothschild
(Baroness Philippine de Rothschild) and the winery Concha y Toro
founded. The aim was to produce a top Chilean red wine with fusion of European and South American winemaking traditions. The model was the joint venture Opus One
her father's Baron Philippe de Rothschild
(1902-1988) with Mondavi
, The iconic name was awarded after the title hero of a novel trilogy by the poet Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732-1799), which later became the basis for the libretto of the Mozart opera
"Marriage of Figaro" was (the Baroness is an opera fan).
The book describes the life of Conte Almaviva in three cycles, one of young, middle and late age. These are also analogous to the three phases that goes through a wine in the course of his career. The vineyards cover 41 hectares of vineyards, which are irrigated artificially. The feed to each individual vine line can be regulated individually by means of drip irrigation. The futuristic winery with the latest technology was built entirely of wood by the Chilean star architect Martin Hurtado. The long-storable red wine is assembled in Bordeaux style from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Carmenère and expanded in French oak barrels. The label decorate symbols of the Mapuche Indians, the Chilean aborigines.