Thursday, August 24, 2006

Aurelio Montes the Chilean Winemaker to Start New Napa Label

AurelioMontes-w.jpgTwo Cabernet-based blends will debut in 2006

Chile has historically provided fertile ground for outside wine companies to invest in, with big names such as Lafite Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild and other high-profile vintners involved in ventures there. But now, Viña Montes—one of Chile’s biggest names—is turning the tables with its own project in a high-profile region, becoming the first Chilean winery to set up shop in California. Production of two Cabernet-based wines is slated for the 2006 vintage.

“We are in Napa because we love challenges, and we want to prove ourselves against the big names in the valley,” said Viña Montes co-owner and head winemaker Aurelio Montes.

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