How time flies. Twenty years have passed since Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Pedro Grand and Alfredo Vidaurre founded Discover Wines in the Curicó Valley, although the name was quickly changed Viña Montes. New partners joined the group over the years and now includes Chilean businessmen Sergio Barros and José Antonio Garcés and family.
Viña Montes, known for the angels on its labels, ranging from the classic version on Montes M to the besotted fairy godmother on Folly to the charmingly chunky Cherub on its premium rosé, is now more closely associated with the Colchagua Valley than its original Curicó.
The winery’s migration toward Colchagua began in 1994 when they bought land and began to plant in the the Apalta sector of the valley. The transition was complete with the 2004 inaguration of the feng-shui influenced, gravity-flow winery surrounded by steep slopes covered with vines.
Over the years Viña Montes has expanded and extended out to Mendoza, Agentina and Napa California, as well as in different areas on the homefront, including an entirely new area for Chilean winegrowing by planting in Zapallar, which is currently awaiting approval of its appellation with the coastal area of the Aconcagua Valley.