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Maipo Valley, Chile
SANTA RITA'S DONA PAULA RESTAURANT in their own words
Doña Paula restaurant, currently a national monument, was named
after Paula Jaraquemada, owner of hacienda Santa Rita´s manor house over 200 years ago.
At that time, a number of historical events related to the independence of Chile took
place here. Bernardo O´Higgins, the general who achieved independence for Chile, and 120
soldiers took shelter here after fighting the spanish crown forces. Santa Rita´s most
famous range of products is called "120" in homage to these patriots.
ABOUT SANTA RITA'S VINEYARDS AND WINERY - in their own words:
Santa Rita´s fertile lands rightly rank among the company´s most valuable assets. Carefully selected, Santa Rita´s vineyards are located in the best chilean wine growing lands with the aim to achieve the best quality wine that Chile can produce.
Domingo Fernández Concha founded the Viña Santa Rita cellars in 1880. French technology was imported for their construction. The company currently has a total of four cellars for the wine producing process located in Alto Jahuel, Los Lirios, Palmilla and Lontué. French and American oak barrels are used in the aging cellars, where wine acquires complexity and body, with a woody flavor and a soft and delicate aroma. One of Chile's oldest aging cellars is located in Alto Jahuel (Buin.) Viña Santa Rita's best wines, like Casa Real and Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon for export are aged in the cave of this storehouse. This cellar was built with stone masonry by French architects and has been declared a National Monument.
Santa Rita plays a leading role in the chilean wine industry, combining modern technology throughout its winemaking, a large installed capacity for aging wine and the expertise mastered through years of wine producing. In the past few years, Santa Rita has invested in new technology, such as the latest horizontal pnuematic press technology, stainless steel vats, with temperature control systems and spira-flow equipment to control grape temperature before fermentation. These innovations have propelled Santa Rita to the forefront in top class wine production, receiving international recognition for the quality of its wines.