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Santa Carolina is part of Carolina Wine Brands, one of the leading wine groups in Chile, which belongs to the Watt’s S.A. agribusiness group owned by the Larraín family. With a history spanning over 140 years, Santa Carolina is one of the oldest wineries in Chile.
As Carolina Wine Brands’ flagship brand, Viña Santa Carolina has strong international presence around the world. Its main markets are Canada, Brazil, Japan, Chile, Mexico, China, and the U.S. With strong, steady growth over the past three years, annual sales now exceed 25 million bottles.
Santa Carolina’s wide portfolio offers excellent quality wines in all price ranges.

Our philosophy

Santa Carolina is Chilean Heritage. With over 140 years of existence, we have a lengthy history and sound tradition. Yet, innovation runs in our veins and our winemaking philosophy is the proof of it.

“Renew, improve, discover, enhance… all these words describe how Viña Santa Carolina has done things since it was established.

Santa Carolina History

1875

Founded by Luis Pereyra Cotapos.

Viña Santa Carolina was founded by Luis Pereyra Cotapos. He named the winery after his wife, Carolina Iñiguez. He hired a French winemaker – Germain Bachelet – in order to make top quality wines from Chile.

1877

The construction of the cellars began

The construction of the cellars began. This was led by a French architect Emile Doyère. Nowadays is still used as the main cellar for the winery.

1889

First Chilean wine to obtain international recognition

Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded a gold medal in the “Exposition Universelle” of Paris, France.

1909

Luis Pereyra dies

Mr. Luis Pereyra Cotapos founder of Viña Santa Carolina dies.

1932

Anonymous society

Santa Carolina S.A was created.

1963

Transfer of vineyards

Winemakers started the replantation of old vines from Rodrigo de Araya to San Luis de Pirque.

1970

Last harvest

Last harvest of Rodrigo de Araya’s vineyards, in current Santiago downtown.

1973

New Events

The cellars were declared National Monument. Nowadays is the only building still used, constructed using the techniquel of bricks joined with clay and egg White “cal y canto”. In the same year, the winery was bought by the Larraín Family.

2010

Reconstruction of the vineyard

A big earthquake hit our city winery causing big damage.

2012

New wineries

Reopening of the new and rebuilt city winery. A new stage begins for Santa Carolina.
That same year starts the project Bloque Herencia, which aims to rescue pre-phylloxera old vine material.

2013

New image

Santa Carolina launches the upgrade of its brand image for all its products surprising its consumers.

2015

Best New World's Vineyard

Santa Carolina celebrated it´s 140 anniversary and was awarded as the New World Winery of the Year by the recognized Wine Enthusiast magazine. Also reopened its facilities for tourism and re-launched a showroom.

2018

New image: Carolina Reserva

Our Reserva wines have a new image and a new name –Carolina Reserva– inspired on Carolina Íñiguez, the wife of the winery’s founder Luis Pereira.

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Winemaking philosophy

The pillars of Viña Santa Carolina’s winemaking philosophy are continuous improvement of the quality of our wines and development and use of innovative production techniques at vineyard and winery levels. The mission of Viña Santa Carolina’s winemaking team is to produce wines of superior quality with a focus on innovation and long-term sustainability.

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