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Santa Monica

The winery "Viña Santa Monica" is located on the outskirts of the city of Rancagua in the Rapel area (Valle Central) in Chile. It was founded in 1976 by Emilio de Solminihac, who bought the Bodega Purísima in 1930 and renamed it in honour of his wife Monica Fonseca. After completing his studies in agricultural engineering in Chile, he studied oenology at the University of Bordeaux under Prof. Émile Peynaud. In the early 1970s he returned to Chile, founded an oenological laboratory to advise local wineries and also taught oenology and winemaking as a professor at the Universidad de Chile. The vineyards in the Colchagua sub-area comprise around 100 hectares of vines. They are planted with the red wine varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot, and the white wine varieties Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. The premium wine is the red wine "Tierra del Sol" (Cabernet Sauvignon).

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