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
. The first vines were planted in 1879. For the first decades only sparkling wine was produced, but it was not until the 20th century that still wines were also produced. 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. Advice is provided by the Californian winemaker Paul Hobbs, who also looks after Catena Zapata
in Argentina. The property in the Curicó
area covers 420 hectares, 120 of which are planted with vines. These are Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. However, large quantities of grapes are also bought in.