In 1997 a joint venture was established between Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (1933 – 2014), Chair of the Supervisory Board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A., and Mr. Eduardo Guilisasti Tagle (1920 – 1998), Chairman of Viña Concha y Toro S.A.. Their partnership was based on the vision to create a world class Franco-Chilean wine called Almaviva. Produced under the joint technical supervision of both partners, the first vintage was produced in 1996 and launched in 1998, to international acclaim.
Made from a blend of classic Bordeaux grape varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, which predominates, Carménère and Cabernet Franc, to which Merlot and Petit Verdot were subsequently added – Almaviva is the best of both worlds. Chile offers its soil, climate and vines, while France contributes its winemaking know-how and traditions. The result is a wine of exceptional power, complexity and ageing potential. Its launch marked a major milestone in the development of Chilean wines, both in Chile and on the international market.