The Chilean winery was founded in 1876 by Don Alberto Valdivieso. During a stay in Paris, he had learned to appreciate the champagne, especially the brand Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin
, The first vines were planted in 1879. The first decades only sparkling wine was produced, and it was only in the 20th century that still wines were produced. Today the estate is still family-owned, and the Mitjanes Group is also the largest liqueur manufacturer in Chile
, It is managed by family member Felix Gil Mitjanes. Advice is provided by the California winemaker Paul Hobbs, who also Catena Zapata
looked after in Argentina. Possession in the area Curicó
covers 420 hectares, of which 120 are planted with vines. These are Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Large quantities of grapes are also purchased.
The company is the largest Chilean producer of sparkling wines, which are produced according to the champagne method and the charmat method. Raphael Brisbois, who worked at Piper-Heidsieck in Champagne, is responsible for this. The still wines are produced in the newly built "Lontué" winery, the sparkling wines in the "Celia Solar" winery. A very original still wine is the red wine blend "Caballo Loco" (German for "crazy horse"). This is similar to the Solera system in the sherry
manufactured and numbered consecutively. Only half of the "Caballo Loco No. 1" was bottled, the second half was used for the "Caballo Loco No. 2" of the next vintage. This continues, "Caballo Loco No. 5" already contains five vintages. Another premium wine is the "Reserva Chardonnay". A total of six million bottles of wine are produced annually. In the USA, the wines are marketed under the "Stonelake" label.