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Douglas Murray of Montes Winery Dies at 68

Douglas Murray, founding partner of Montes Winery

Douglas Murray, founding partner of Montes Winery

Douglas Murray, one of the founding partners of Viña Montes and a true star in the Chilean wine industry, died yesterday at 68, after a long bout with cancer.

Murray put his charm, wit, and innate business sense to good use in directing the exports and marketing areas of the winery and may possibly have logged more air miles than anyone else in the industry as he traveled the world, taking the Montes message to the source and breaking new ground throughout Europe, Asia, United States, and elsewhere.

He was Wines of Chile’s first UK chair, and his work in the Asian market led him to being named by Japanese magazine Vinotheque as one of the most influential wine professionals in that country. He was also a long-standing member of the Chilean Wine Guild.

Murray is also the man behind the Montes angel concept found on every Montes wine label and the feng shui influence in the design of the Colchagua Valley winery.

Wines of Chile joins the Chilean industry, and indeed so many others around the world, in lamenting his passing. He will truly be missed.

Services will be held tomorrow, Friday, July 2, at 10:00 AM at the San Francisco de Sales church in Santiago, with burial at the Parque del Recuerdo to follow.

See also>

Decanter Magazine: Montes founder Douglas Murray dies.

WoC TV: Wines of Chile memorial video.

Douglas Murray, founding partner of Montes Winery

3 Responses to “Douglas Murray of Montes Winery Dies at 68”

  1. Matt Wilson says:

    A great Chilean character, he will be missed. I remember having a superb meal in Sao paulo three years ago with him and laughing constantly at his wisecracks. I hope he finds peace with his Angels.
    I shall open a bottle of Purple Angel tonight in his honour.

  2. Editor says:

    Matt- Yes, I think all who have met him share fond memories. And an excellent call on the wine… may there be many Purple Angels opened in his memory!

  3. vajra stratigos says:

    In this moment, while we all are witness to a renaissance like transformation in the Chilean wine industry, my thanks and appreciation goes out to this man for all he has accomplished. He helped lay the groundwork for all that is and all that we have to look forward to. Condolences and best wishes to the family. Regards from the USA! – I too will open a bottle of Folly in his honour.

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