Viña Santa Carolina

Viña Santa Carolina was founded in 1875 by spirited, Chilean business visionary, Mr. Luis Pereira Cotapos. The name Santa Carolina was born from his wife and great love, Mrs. Carolina Iñiguez Vicuña. At this time, winemaking in Chile was really coming into its own. Although wine had been present in South America since the 1500s, it wasn’t until the mid 1800’s wine was widely consumed outside of religious purposes. Rich Chilean families were inspired by the French society including their luxury and love for good food and wine. As a result, Pereira decided to start vineyards in Chile with the classical Bordeaux grape varieties such as Cabernet and Merlot, and bring French viticultural expert, Germain Bachelet. The house in which Bachelet resided still remains a part of the Santa Carolina properties. In 1975, Viña Santa Carolina was purchased by the prestigious Larrain family; by 1986 Viña Santa Carolina was one of the top Chilean brands exported to the US Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

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  • Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva de Familia 2008

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    About Reserva de Familia from Carolina Wine Brands:Reserva de Familia are wines that look for elegance and complexity, concentration and typicity. 135 years of Tradition and Heritage, in a single and refine wine. Read More

    Wine review by KristinW


  • Santa Carolina Premio White Na Central Valley Chile White NV

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    Premio White has a pale golden yellow appearance while its aroma is intense and dominated by tropical fruits and flowers. It is the ideal wine to be paired with fish, seafood, or as an aperitif. Read More

    Wine review by Mimi Kim


  • Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva de Familia 2008

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    Deep red and purple hues display complex aromas of chocolate and pepper underpinned by cedar and some cassis.Very full and structured with a finish that pervades the palette Read More

    Wine review by KristinW


  • Santa Carolina Reserva Valle del Rapel 2010

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    Smoky and spicy on the nose, with plummy fruit and a vegetal background note. A bit round and sweetly fruited on entry with some dusty tannins that draw the wine down in the mouth, though it does have freshening acidity. The fruit is rather dark and a bit heavy with spicy oak adding more depth in the mouth. The finish seems a bit oak-driven with... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Santa Carolina Reserva Carmenere Reserva 2008

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    Caramel, roasted chili, cedar and black cherry create a somewhat discordant note on the nose, though the wood elements do become more aggressive with air adding some black licorice spice. In the mouth this is rich and flannelly, with a very smooth feel at first that then becomes a bit more facetted as the rather assertive tannins come to the for... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Santa Carolina Merlot Reservado 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by willbm


  • Carmenere has become Chile’s go-to grape. This outcast of Bordeaux found the combination of sun, soil and climate that it requires to excel on the western slopes of Chile’s Andes mountain valleys.Carmenere is a bit of a misunderstood variety, generally offering up some rather assertive herbal elements, but that distinctive earthy/herbal quality ... Read More

    From the article Discovering Carmenere


  • Viña Santa Carolina Sauvignon Blanc 2009

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    Apples on the nose, and a tangy grapefruit taste. Read More

    Wine review by heathbodell


  • Santa Carolina Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2010

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    Great acidity, crisp, zesty and grassy. I even love the light straw color! Would love to have this with whole grilled fish and vegetables. Read More

    Wine review by Hana Choi


  • Santa Carolina Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2010

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    Bright pineapple aromas on the nose, with parsley and basil. Vegetative body w/ medium acids, nice length. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


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