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Almaviva

The Chilean winery Viña Almaviva is located in Santa Rosa in the Maipo Valley near the capital Santiago de Chile. It was founded in 1997 as a joint venture between Château Mouton-Rothschild (Baroness Philippine de Rothschild) and the Concha y Toro winery. The aim was to produce a top-quality Chilean red wine with a fusion of European and South American winemaking traditions. The model was the joint venture Opus One of her father Baron Philippe de Rothschild (1902-1988) with Mondavi. The highly symbolic name was given after the title hero of a trilogy of novels by the poet Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732-1799), which later formed the basis for the libretto of Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" (the baroness is an opera fan)

The book describes the life of the Conte Almaviva in three cycles, namely of a person young, middle and late age. These are also the three phases that a wine goes through in the course of its development. The vineyards cover 41 hectares of vines, which are irrigated artificially. The supply to each row of vines can be regulated individually by means of drip irrigation. The futuristic winery with the latest technology was built entirely of wood by Chilean star architect Martin Hurtado. The long storable red wine is assembled in Bordeaux style from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Carmenère and matured in French barriques. The label is decorated with symbols of the Mapuche Indians, the Chilean natives.

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