The story of Montes is a testament to what unique vision, grit, determination, and perseverance can achieve.
About the Brand
- First Chilean winery to produce and export Premium and Ultra Premium wines (Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon and Montes Alpha M)
- Pioneered winegrowing in the Apalta region of the Colchagua Valley, as well as Zapallar and Chiloé, Patagonia
- First Chilean winery to plant Syrah. Apalta vineyards are the sole source of Montes Folly, a 100% Syrah.
- Developed water saving winegrowing techniques to reduce water usage by 65%, saving the equivalent consumption of 20,000 households.
In 1987, two visionaries, Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray, began their journey backed with their extensive experience in the world of wine. Their vision entailed producing wines of a quality far superior to the one that was being produced in Chile at that time. In 1988, Montes and Murray added 2 additional partners, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, to help them in their new endeavor. WIth each of the 4 partners making their own special and complementary contribution, Viña Montes was born. What began as a dream has now become a dream come true for these four great visionaries, who have managed to build Montes into a global symbol of outstanding quality for the wines of Chile. Montes wines are now distributed in over a hundred countries, and have been recognized for their extraordinary and permanent quality. At the same time, the wines continue to attract the attention for wine consumers everywhere looking to understand and appreciate Chilean wines.
After their first release, Montes continued to reach for higher quality, recognition, and focus. WIth the release of Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon, Montes became the first winery to create a truly world-class premium wine the world could appreciate. Concentrated, complex and serious, Montes Alpha established that Montes had chosen the right path and would be a force to be reckoned with on the world stage. With the release of Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon, the wines of Chile were now being acknowledged by wine lovers globally.
Continuing with the obsession of creating better wines, Montes was a pioneer in betting on the Apalta Valley and planting vineyards on mountain slopes. The next wine to gain Montes notoriety was the 1996 inaugural release of Montes Alpha M, a classic Bordeaux blend that has become one of Chile's most awarded wines. But Aurelio Montes did not stop innovating there. In his ongoing quest of elevating quality, Aurelio Montes was the first to plant Syrah in the Colchagua Valley. The resulting wine, Montes Folly, released with the 2000 vintage showcased Montes' hillside Syrah vineyards in all their glory to outstanding critical acclaim.
Finally, the first premium Carmenère from Chile, Purple Angel, was launched in May 2005. Again, the wines were lauded with praise and critical acclaim from the wine press and loyal fans of Montes' wines alike. Besides outstanding quality wines and innovative winegrowing and winemaking practices, Montes has grown its presence internationally without foreign investment or consulting winemakers, making Montes a truly Chilean success story.