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Undurraga

The Chilean winery 50 kilometers southwest of Santiago de Chile was founded in 1882 by the Basque immigrant Don Francisco Undurraga Vicuña (born 1855). Three years later, he planted the first vines. As the first winery in Chile From 1903 the company exported wines to the USA. In 1995 huge investments in winery and new planting of vines took place. The wine cellar has 3,000 barrels. The company is still family-owned, the cellar master is Max Undurraga. The vineyards in the fields Colchagua and Maipo comprise over 1,000 hectares of vineyards. There are two wineries in each of the two areas. A large number of wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Syrah are produced. They are marketed in the Espumosos (sparkling wines), Reserva (Altazor, Bodega de Familia, Founder's Collection, Latest Harvest, Viejo Roble = barrique maturation) and Varietals lines. Some of the varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling) are bottled in buckets-like bottles (Caramanyola = canteen). Around 2.5 million boxes of wine are produced annually, 60% of which are exported to 50 countries.

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