About Santa Rita
The Santa Rita winery was founded in 1880 by Domingo Fernandez in the same area of Alto Jahuel where its main facilities stand today. Over the years it has grown substantially, increasing its vineyards; planting more than 1,000 hectares in the wine producing valleys of Maipo, Rapel, Lontué, Casablanca and Apalta in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Santa Rita wines are now exported to over 75 countries.
Oscar Salas is Chief Winemaker for the ‘120’ and Reserva wines at Santa Rita. He trained at Chile’s Pontificia Universidad Católica, graduating with a degree in Winemaking and Viticulture. Since then he has worked at Cousiño Macul and Hartford Family Wines in Sonoma. During his time at Santa Rita he has spent ten years as Chief Winemaker on the Terra Andina range and worked as Export Manager for the UK and Europe; a role which furthered his understanding of consumer tastes in the UK and ideal experience for his current role.
In November 2016, Santa Rita was named Winery of the Year by Wines of Chile at the trade association’s annual Wine Gala. The award recognises the winery’s commitment and passion as an ambassador for Chilean wine around the world, in addition to its good commercial performance and outstanding dedication to sustainability.
Santa Rita adhere to the concept of sustainability derived from the United Nations: the convergence between being environmentally friendly, socially equitable, and economically viable. Since 2009 they have produced a bi-annual Global Reporting Initiative Report, and since 2012 they have been calculating their carbon footprint annually. These measurement processes, have provided them with the benchmarks required to improve their efficiency and sustainability in many aspects of production; from aerothermal and geothermal temperature control and waste water management, to the production of their own compost from waste plant material.