Chile has become one of the biggest wine-producing countries in the world. When it comes to tradition and excellence, Viña Tarapacá – located in the Maipo Valley – has positioned itself as an unsurpassable place to produce wines of international fame and prestige.
Tradition backed by history
One of the factors to consider when evaluating the quality of a wine is the experience of the winery responsible for its production. In this regard, Viña Tarapacá is a Chilean winery backed by 140 years of winemaking tradition, with a range of different accomplishments that support the quality of its national wines.
Location in a prosperous place
Founded in the foothills of the Andes in 1874 by the oenologist Francisco de Rojas y Salamanca under the name “Viña de Rojas”, it covers 2,600 hectares, with 611 of them planted with vines.
Since its beginnings the Chilean wines produced by Viña Tarapacá have received various awards. The silver medal at the Santiago exhibition in 1875 or the silver medal at the Philadelphia exhibition (United States) in 1876 are two awards that laid the foundations of a history rich in international recognition.
“The Lion of Tarapacá”
The year 1892 was an important landmark in the history of this prestigious Chilean winery. That year it was acquired by Don Antonio Zavala, who called it “Viña Zavala”. A short time later, the property was transferred to his former wife, Doña Mercedes Ulloa as part of their separation settlement.
The great influence on her from ex-president Arturo Alessandri Palma, nicknamed “The Lion of Tarapacá”, led her to rename the winery “Viña Tarapacá Ex Zavala” in his honor
In 1992, the winery was acquired by Compañía Chilena de Fósforos, which became part of the vineyard “Fundo El Rosario” in the heart of the valley, protected by natural walls that give these Chilean wines an extraordinary quality.
This enabled production to be exported to international markets with enormous success.
The Viña Tarapacá mansion
Located in the middle of the winery, this majestic mansion – built in a Tuscan style in 1927 – is surrounded by 10 hectares of beautiful woods and is the emblem on the labels of Tarapacá Gran Reserva.
Production that respects the environment
Viña Tarapacá takes special care to be sustainable, using a small hydroelectric plant that is capable of generating 60% of the power needed for production, as well as supporting a biodiversity program and implementing efficient irrigation methods.
Varieties of Tarapacá Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Throughout its history, Viña Tarapacá has captivated the taste buds of Chileans and foreigners with products of guaranteed quality. One of them is Tarapacá Gran Reserva, which has four top quality varieties:
Tarapacá Gran Reserva: this is a Cabernet Sauvignon with a balanced flavor and aromas of blackberry, chocolate, laurel, dill and lavender. It is a versatile wine that is ideal to pair with white and red meats and game.
Tarapacá Gran Reserva Orgánico: A Red Blend made with certified organic grapes. It has aromas of ripe black fruits, tobacco, leather and vegetables. Ideal to drink with legumes, pasta with sauces and white or red meats.
Tarapacá Gran Reserva Etiqueta Negra: With an intense ruby color, it is considered the best Cabernet Sauvignon made by Viña Tarapacá. One can appreciate a large variety of aromas, such as plum, blackberry, clove, pepper and vanilla.
Tarapacá Gran Reserva Etiqueta Azul: This is the top of the line red blend, made with the best quality grapes of each vintage. It is a wine with a firm and velvety structure, with mineral notes that recall graphite. It is the perfect pairing for cheese or lamb and duck.