Miguel Torres was the first foreign wine producer to become established in Chile. The Torres Family chose the country as the perfect location for their grape and winegrowing activity based on its excellent conditions for developing the industry.
Incorporation of the first Stainless Steel Tanks in Chile
But the winery did not rely only on Chile’s excellent climatic conditions. Miguel Torres Chile was the first to introduce new technologies in wine production, such as fermentation in stainless steel tanks and aging in French oak barrels. It has also contributed to the growth of Chilean wines in the past 30 years.
First Exports of Santa Digna
This was Miguel Torres Chile’s first wine brand, after the purchase of the first 100 hectares acquired by the Torres family in the Maquehua sector in Curicó. Santa Digna is its line of wines best known to consumers around the world. Now certified Fair Trade, this line has allowed the winery to become firmly established as a sustainable company.
First Harvest of Manso De Velasco
In 1985, the 115-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vines at the Fundo Manso de Velasco estate yielded Miguel Torres Chile’s icon wine, recognized the world over for its quality and faithful representation of Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon.
Manso de Velasco, a tribute to the illustrious founder of the city of Curicó, is a 15-hectare Chilean estate planted in 1902 at the foot of the Andes and exclusively given over to Cabernet Sauvignon.
NEW VINEYARDS ADDED: SAN LUIS DE ALICO, HUERTA DE MAULE, AND EL AROMO
Over the years, the company has acquired new lands and expanded its facilities and product range. The winery currently has around 350 hectares of vineyards planted on eight estates with very different climate characteristics, and a further 680 unplanted hectares. This makes it possible to grow diverse varieties and produce wines with intense varietal character.
Cordillera Carignan comes into being
Cordillera Carignan is the result of a project in which Miguel Torres, together with other wineries in the Maule region and small producers, joined together to form VIGNO (Vignadores de Carignan), to work to recover traditional varieties. In this way, Miguel Torres has made a significant contribution to this new initiative with Cordillera Carignan – one of the most important recent innovations in the wine industry.
Fundo Empedrado Acquired
Fundo Empedrado was added to the company’s properties in the year 2000. Near Constitución, 180 kilometers south of Curicó, and measuring 364 hectares in area, it is the result of years spent searching for slate soils.
The unique feature of this kind of stone is that it allows very good drainage and accumulates solar radiation, maintaining a warm mesoclimate (due to its black color).
Estelado Rosé, Made using the País grape, comes into being
Santa Digna Estelado, the first sparkling wine produced from the País variety, was launched on the market by Miguel Torres Chile, with the first vintage made using grapes from the 2010 harvest. The product was developed in the context of a project co-financed by the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture through its Foundation for Agrarian Innovation. The initiative began in late 2007 and is intended to improve conditions for farmers in the inland rainfed areas in the Maule and Bío Bío regions.
Las Mulas placed on the market
Miguel Torres Chile presented its new line of organic wines called Las Mulas. With an innovative approach and an appealing concept, it fulfills one of the family winery’s most important values: sustainability and concern for the environment.
THE SANTA DIGNA LINE OF WINES ACHIEVES FAIR TRADE CERTIFICATION
In late 2010, Miguel Torres Chile obtained Fair Trade certification for its Santa Digna line of wines, the best-known line at national and international level.
The aim behind the certification is to give consumers a high-quality product made with openness and balance between the company, its employees, and the environment.
El Gobernador Pisco
The Torres Family has been making brandies in Spain for 100 years. Now it’s the turn of Miguel Torres Chile to enter the spirits market, with the production of an iconic Chilean product: El Gobernador premium pisco. Under the supervision of its technical team in Chile and Spain, the Chilean winery has been able to produce a reserve pisco in Chile using the Muscat grape variety, with an alcohol content of 40% ABV.
The Miguel Torres Vineyards become 100% Organic
100% of our fields are certified organic as per Chilean, European, American, and Japanese regulations, with our Las Mulas line being the prime example of this category. The following products are associated with this line: Las Mulas Cabernet Sauvignon, Las Mulas Sauvignon Blanc, Las Mulas Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, Las Mulas Carménère, and Las Mulas Viognier.
Escaleras de Empedrado: the dream comes true
The first wine made from grapes planted on slate terraces, one of Miguel Torres’ most ambitious projects has finally become reality: Escaleras de Empedrado, the first Chilean Pinot Noir planted on slate terraces, where the soil type is associated with higher value, one-of-a-kind wines.