The Chilean wine company was founded in 1988 by four partners under the name "Discover Wine". These were Aurelio Montes (oenologist), Douglas Murray (manager), Pedro Grand (vineyard owner) and Alfredo Vidaurre (entrepreneur). All four had many years of experience in production and sales of top wines, In the meantime, the company is called "Montes SA", president and chief enologist is Aurelio Montes. He was named "Chilean Winemaker of the Year" in 1995 and "Personality of the Year 2002" by the SNA (National Agriculture Society). According to many experts, wines from Montes are vinified among the best Chiles
counting. The vineyards in several locations (estates) in the areas Curicó
include 200 acres. They are planted with the red varieties Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah, and with the white varieties Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Petit Verdot, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
The "simple" varietal wines are marketed under the name "Montes". The premium line is "Montes Alpha", with the "Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon" the winery became famous overnight, so to speak, worldwide. First-time vinified in 1996, the "Montes Alpha M" is the flagship of the house. This Bordeaux-style red wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Cabernet Franc (10%), Merlot (5%) and Petit Verdot (5%) and aged for over a year in French oak. The first "Montes Folly Syrah" was vinified in 2000. The original name derives from the fact that many experts (except Montes) thought that it was folly to grow Syrah that had not been tried and tested in this area before (Colchagua) and a "double folly". to do it on steep slopes (as is the case). The wine is now considered the best Chilean Syrah. It is also a sweet Botrytis wine (Vendange Tardive) produced from 50% Gewürztraminer and Riesling. A total of 3.6 million bottles of wine are produced each year, 98% of which are exported to the USA and Europe.