The Chilean winery was founded in 1876 by Don Alberto Valdivieso. He had learned to appreciate champagne during a stay in Paris, especially the brand Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin
, In 1879 the first vines were planted. Only the sparkling wine was produced during the first decades, and it was not until the 20th century that the production of still wines began. Today, the estate is still family-owned, the Mitjanes group is also the largest liqueur producer in Chile
, It is managed by family member Felix Gil Mitjanes. A consultation is carried out by the Californian winemaker Paul Hobbs, who also Catena Zapata
cared for in Argentina. The property in the area Curicó
covers 420 hectares, of which 120 are planted with vines. These are Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. But also large quantities of grapes are bought.
The company is the largest Chilean producer of sparkling wines, produced according to the Champagne method and the Méthode Charmat. This is the responsibility of Raphael Brisbois, who worked for Piper-Heidsieck in Champagne. The still wines are produced in the newly built winery "Lontué", the sparkling wines in the winery "Celia Solar". A very original still wine is the red wine Cuvée "Caballo Loco" (German "crazy horse"). This will be similar to the solera system at sherry
produced and numbered consecutively. Of the "Caballo Loco No. 1", only half were bottled, the second half was used for the "Caballo Loco No. 2" of the next year. This goes on, "Caballo Loco No. 5" already contains five vintages. Another premium wine is the "Reserva Chardonnay". In total, six million bottles of wine are produced annually. In the US, the wines are marketed under the label "Stonelake".