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The first activities at our vineyard began in 1987. Two partners with great illusions, Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray, both holding long-standing experience in the wine industry, were certain Chile could improve on the quality it was producing at the time. It seemed as if the large and medium-scale vineyards were satisfied with limiting their distribution to local supermarkets. They certainly knew how to produce premium wines, but didn’t feel up to it, they were satisfied with the niche markets they had attained, which was certainly broad, although small. In 1988, another two original partners joined in, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, each providing their qualified, complimentary views, and thus, Viña Montes was formally born, initially under the name Discover Wine Ltda., a saga that has made Chile internationally known in 100+ countries worldwide while providing extensive recognition and acclaim.

Wines

The following is a list of wines that are available from MONTES. These wines are not necessarily in stock or available in all provinces. Please see our online catalogue to find out which wines are available in each province.

  • 2009 ALPHA Cabernet Sauvignon

    Deep ruby red color, the expression of cabernet sauvignon is evident providing structure and elegance. Lots of berries fruits and hints of tobacco and vanilla. Promising abundant soft rounded tannins. The structure and balance of this full bodied wine makes it very pleasant and enjoyable. A very sophisticated wine with a delightfully long finish.

  • 2010 ALPHA Cabernet Sauvignon

    Deep ruby red color, the expression of cabernet sauvignon is evident providing structure and elegance. Lots of berries fruits and hints of tobacco and vanilla. Promising abundant soft rounded tannins. The structure and balance of this full bodied wine makes it very pleasant and enjoyable. A very sophisticated wine with a delightfully long finish.

  • 2008 ALPHA Cabernet Sauvignon 3L

    Deep ruby red color, the expression of cabernet sauvignon is evident providing structure and elegance. Lots of berries fruits and hints of tobacco and vanilla. Promising abundant soft rounded tannins. The structure and balance of this full bodied wine makes it very pleasant and enjoyable. A very sophisticated wine with a delightfully long finish.

  • 2010 ALPHA Carmenere

    Elegant deep ruby red colour, the wine is very characteristic of Carmenere. Lovely black pepper aromas with hints of blueberries, dark chocolate, vanilla and black plums accompanied by spicy notes typical of the variety. The mouth is distinctively smooth, mouth filling, with gentle, rounded soft tannins. Highly recommended with red meats, Mangolian beef, pork ribs, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce and lamb chops.

  • 2009 ALPHA Chardonnay

    Its intense golden color with green hues shows a clean and brilliant wine. On the nose the Montes Alpha Chardonnay is a powerful and fruity wine that showcases the wonderful character of its premium Casablanca Chardonnay grapes. Banana, pineapple and tropical fruits become evident on the mouth, accompanied by a well integrated French oak that adds elegance to the wine without covering its flavors. The finish is long and very pleasant. A wine of great softness and creaminess that maintains the characteristic freshness of the Casablanca Valley.

  • 2010 ALPHA Chardonnay

    Full bodied and creamy in the mid palate and very complex. One of the few Chilean whites that will improve over the years.

  • 2011 ALPHA Chardonnay

    Full bodied and creamy in the mid palate and very complex. One of the few Chilean whites that will improve over the years.

  • 2009 ALPHA M

    MONTES ALPHA"M" is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (80 %), Merlot (10 %), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot (5 %). A powerful wine with very good level of soft and rounded tannins. Intense dark red colour. The wine is elegant and has a very well defined character. The 5% of Petit Verdot is adding an extra element of complexity. There is an pleasant and harmonious marriage of fruit and the French oak. The structure of this wine will keep it for at least 20 years. On the palate, it is perfectly balanced, full-bodied and superbly voluptuous on the mid-palate with a rewarding, lingering after taste of mature grapes and acidity that reflects its superb structure.

  • 2010 ALPHA M

    The 2010 harvest produced fresh wines of greater intensity, due to a 15% lower yield, concentrating the colour and aromas of the fruit and producing very soft and elegant tannins. Pair with baked turkey, rib eye steak, sherry kidneys and duck confit.

  • 2006 ALPHA Merlot

    This Merlot has a deep, intense red color. On the nose it presents red berries aromas, especially of cherry and strawberries, accompanied by interesting floral notes which are perfectly blended with the coffee and tobacco flavors associated from its twelve months of oak ageing On the palate it’s a full-bodied wine of great finesse with a long, smooth and pleasant finish.

  • 2008 ALPHA Merlot

    This Merlot has a deep, intense red color. On the nose it presents red berries aromas, especially of cherry and strawberries, accompanied by interesting floral notes which are perfectly blended with the coffee and tobacco flavors associated from its twelve months of oak ageing On the palate it’s a full-bodied wine of soft texture, deliciously plummy fruit flavors and mellow tannins. A wine of great finesse with a long, smooth and pleasant finish

  • 2010 ALPHA Merlot

    Handsome ruby-red color. Outstanding fruit, with a noseful of red berries, black cherry, black pepper, hints of tobacco. These elements come through on the palate, revealing a full-bodied wine. In mid palate is round and velvety with an added touch of vanilla and toast, followed by a long and smooth finish. Very, very elegant.

  • 2008 ALPHA Syrah

    The 2008 harvest featured a normal spring followed by a warm summer, allowing the production of elegant wines of soft, mature tannins and the exceptional development of color in our Syrah. On the nose it shows both potency and elegance while on the mouth it presents its trademark softness with a persistent finish.

  • 2009 ALPHA Syrah

    The harvest featured a normal spring followed by a warm summer, allowing the production of elegant wines of soft, mature tannins and the exceptional development of color in our Syrah. On the nose it shows both potency and elegance while on the mouth it presents its trademark softness with a persistent finish.

  • 2010 ALPHA Syrah

    Of intense ruby red colour, it has enchanting floral aromas accompanied by tobacco and leathery notes. On the mouth, it's powerful and full bodied to the palate, with soft and mature tannins and a very long and elegant finish. Food Pairings: Highly recommended with red meats, pork ribs, smoked ham, barbeque ribs, lamb chops with balsamic reduction, roast beef, smoked turkey, ravioli/Manicotti (w/Cheese), ribeye steak and pasta with puttanesca sauce.

  • 2008 Cherub

    An elegant, dry Rosé wine. This seductive wine is fresh and well balanced. It has a bright intense pink color. Both on the nose and palate it has a distinct Syrah character, with some spiciness and hints of strawberries and lively floral flavors, mainly Roses as well as orange peel. With good fruit concentration it shows richness in texture across the palate that leads to a delightfully long finish. This is a fresh, young fruity wine. We suggest drinking it within the first two years. This wine will benefit from decanting before serving.

  • 2010 Cherub

    An elegant, dry Rosé wine. This seductive wine is fresh and well balanced. It has a bright intense pink color. Both on the nose and palate it has a distinct Syrah character, with some spiciness and hints of strawberries and lively floral flavors, mainly Roses as well as orange peel. With good fruit concentration it shows richness in texture across the palate that leads to a delightfully long finish. This is a fresh, young fruity wine. We suggest drinking it within the first two years.

  • 2011 Cherub

    An elegant, dry Rosé wine. This seductive wine is fresh and well balanced. It has a bright intense pink color. Both on the nose and palate it has a distinct Syrah character, with some spiciness and hints of strawberries and lively floral flavors, mainly Roses as well as orange peel. With good fruit concentration it shows richness in texture across the palate that leads to a delightfully long finish. This is a fresh, young fruity wine. We suggest drinking it within the first two years.

  • 2012 Cherub

    A seductive, fresh and well balanced, elegant, dry-style Rose wine of bright vivid pink/red colour. Both on the nose and palate it has a distinct Syrah character, with plenty of body, juicy ripe fruit and with hints of spice and fresh, bright acidity. The wine is nicely textured and full-bodied with good fruit concentration, crisp and lively fruit, showing richness across the palate that leads to a delightfully long finish. A delightful wine to enjoy by itself, with appetizers or to complement light-flavoured foods. Highly recommended with sushi, salmon with mushroom sauce, paella, shrimp scampi pasta, canneloni and lasagne.

  • 2013 Cherub

    A seductive, fresh and well balanced, elegant, dry-style Rose wine of bright vivid pink/red colour. Both on the nose and palate it has a distinct Syrah character, with plenty of body, juicy ripe fruit and with hints of spice and fresh, bright acidity. The wine is nicely textured and full-bodied with good fruit concentration, crisp and lively fruit, showing richness across the palate that leads to a delightfully long finish. A delightful wine to enjoy by itself, with appetizers or to complement light-flavoured foods. Highly recommended with sushi, salmon with mushroom sauce, paella, shrimp scampi pasta, canneloni and lasagne.

  • 2009 CLASSIC SERIES Cabernet Sauvignon

    Fruity sophisticated elegant wine with the expression of the terroir of Colchagua valley. Beautiful intensive ruby red colour. In the nose there are cassis and strawberry flavors, with combined hints of black cherries and chocolate. Oak is not predominant but well combined and still present in the background in order to keep the fruit as a principal character of this wine. Solid and friendly ripe tannins. An outstanding wine for bottle aging.

  • 2010 CLASSIC SERIES Cabernet Sauvignon

    Fruity sophisticated elegant wine with the expression of the terroir of Colchagua valley. Beautiful intensive ruby red colour. In the nose there are cassis and strawberry flavors, with combined hints of black cherries and chocolate. Oak is not predominant but well combined and still present in the background in order to keep the fruit as a principal character of this wine. Solid and friendly ripe tannins. An outstanding wine for bottle aging up to 5 years.

  • 2011 CLASSIC SERIES Cabernet Sauvignon

    Deep ruby red colour, very appealing. The nose is packed with layers of caramel, cinnamon, candy and hints of mint, with a prevalence of fruit over oak. A spicy, full-flavoured wine, with good body, rich red fruit with a touch of vanilla, mocha and firm and friendly tannins. A fruity, sophisticated and elegant wine with the expression of the terroir of Colchagua Valley.

  • 2012 CLASSIC SERIES Cabernet Sauvignon

    Deep ruby red colour, very appealing. The nose shows black currant, vanilla and violet aromas while on the palate the wine is packed with raspberry and dark cherry fruit, with a prevalence of fruit over oak. A spicy, medium-bodied, generous, full-flavoured wine of rich red fruit with a touch of vanilla, mocha with round, firm, friendly tannins, good structure and acidity. A fruity, sophisticated and elegant wine with the expression of the terroir of Colchagua Valley. Highly recommended with baked marinated beef with potatoes, filet au poivre, Valencian paella and cannelloni.

  • 2010 CLASSIC SERIES Malbec

    Nice and intense ruby red color. In the mouth it’s appealing fruitiness combined with the plumy and blackberry hints, makes this wine a very good example of the potential of Colchagua valley. It’s slight spiciness is totally integrated with the hints of vanilla that comes from the oak aging. A full-bodied wine, with ripe tannins and voluptuous mid-palate and a long, very enjoyable, finish.

  • 2011 CLASSIC SERIES Malbec

    Nice and intense ruby red color. In the mouth it’s appealing fruitiness combined with the plummy and blackberry hints, makes this wine a very good example of the potential of Colchagua valley. It’s slight spiciness is totally integrated with the hints of vanilla that comes from the oak aging. A full-bodied wine, with ripe tannins and voluptuous mid-palate and a long, very enjoyable, finish.

  • 2010 CLASSIC SERIES Sauvignon Blanc

    Pale yellow in color, transparent. Deeply fruity, intense notes of tropical fruits, peach, pineapple and hints of gooseberry. A fresh, crispy, well balanced wine with nice refreshing acidity that makes it appealing and friendly. Long finish, very good as appetizer and goes well with white meat.

  • 2011 CLASSIC SERIES Sauvignon Blanc

    On the palate citrus fruits like pink grapefruit and tropical fruits as white peach and passion fruit are accompanied by the floral notes that characterize this wine, showcasing its cool Casablanca climate origin, revealing an aromatic and fresh wine. Recommended for pairing it with Caesar salad, ceviche with lemon, garlic shrimp or simply on its own. Drink as young as possible.

  • 2012 CLASSIC SERIES Sauvignon Blanc

    Pale yellow with green hues and 100% fermented in stainless steel tanks. No oak ageing. Grapes are hand harvested and carefully selected to enhance the wine varietal aromas as fresh herbs, new cut grass and citrus are evident on the nose. On the palate citrus fruits like pink grapefruit and lemon-lime and tropical fruits as white peach and passion fruit are accompanied by the floral notes that characterize this wine, showcasing its cool Casablanca climate origin. A wine of intense fruit, lively acidity and a refreshing finish. Drink as young as possible. Enjoy it with fresh salads, fish or simply on its own. Perfect as wine by the glass. Pairing Suggestion: Highly recommended with sushi, Caesar salad, ceviche, garlic shrimp, grilled Mahi-Mahi, pasta primavera, seafood chowder and chicken with lime.

  • 2013 CLASSIC SERIES Sauvignon Blanc

    Grapes are hand harvested and carefully selected to enhance the wine varietal aromas; fresh herbs, new cut grass and citrus are evident on the nose. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with citrus fruits like pink grapefruit, fresh lemon-lime and tropical fruits as white peach and passion fruit are accompanied by the floral and vegetable notes that characterize this wine, showcasing its cool Casablanca climate origin. A wine of intense fruit, bright acidity and a refreshing finish. Drink as young as possible. Highly recommended with sushi, Caesar salad, ceviche, garlic shrimp, grilled Mahi-Mahi, pasta primavera, seafood chowder and chicken with lime.

  • 2010 Folly

    Dense, black plum, dark chocolate. This is a dark and intense Syrah, it needs a braised meat such as short ribs, rich wine sauces but not too much spice.

  • 2011 Folly

    Dense, black plum, dark chocolate. This is a dark and intense Syrah, it needs a braised meat such as short ribs, rich wine sauces but not too much spice.

  • 2009 LIMITED SELECTION Cabernet Carmenere

    It is strong in color, beautiful and deep ruby red. Butterscotch and the subtle spiciness makes it appealing, with a strong personal character. The well integrated vanilla flavor comes from the oak aging, and adds complexity and elegance. This is a medium to full bodied wine but yet soft and friendly in the palate due to the sweet and firm tannins of the Carménère component.

  • 2010 LIMITED SELECTION Cabernet Carmenere

    It is strong in color, beautiful and deep ruby red. Butterscotch and the subtle spiciness makes it appealing, with a strong personal character. The well integrated vanilla flavor comes from the oak aging, and adds complexity and elegance. This is a medium to full bodied wine but yet soft and friendly in the palate due to the sweet and firm tannins of the Carménère component.

  • 2011 LIMITED SELECTION Cabernet Carmenere

    The Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenère has a beautiful and intense ruby red colour, combined with very elegant aromas, notes of chocolate, cigar box, coffee, vanilla and butterscotch while on the mouth it shows wild blueberry and blackberry flavours. A medium to full bodied wine. On the palate it is ample, soft and generous, with intensity of Cabernet Sauvignon and the softness of Carmenère accompanied by a subtle spiciness and a long aftertaste. Pairing Suggestion: Highly recommended with Mongolian beef, pork ribs, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, pizza, lamb stew and mushroom risotto.

  • 2010 LIMITED SELECTION Sauvignon Blanc

    This wine is clear, crispy and fruity with light yellow-green, bright and transparent color. Peaches, pineapples and other tropical fruits with citric hints blend together with a nice minerality, making this wine fresh and appealing. The aroma shows its power and super Sauvignon Blanc character, also showing the full potential of its cold zone origin, with morning fogs, low temperatures and long hanging period. At the palate is quite persistent, very fresh and crispy with a nice structure at mid palate.

  • 2011 LIMITED SELECTION Sauvignon Blanc

    This wine is clear, crispy and fruity with light yellow-green, bright and transparent color. Peaches, pineapples and other tropical fruits with citric hints blend together with a nice minerality, making this wine fresh and appealing. The aroma shows its power and super Sauvignon Blanc character, also showing the full potential of its cold zone origin, with morning fogs, low temperatures and long hanging period. At the palate is quite persistent, very fresh and crispy with a nice structure at mid palate.

  • 2011 Limited Selection Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley

  • 2009 Purple Angel

  • 2010 Purple Angel

    A fantastic wine that blends both elegance and power. Purple Angel showcases the spicy touches typical of Carmenere, with ripe, gentle and soft tannins, it’s a full bodied, concentrated wine that combines red berries and dark chocolate on the mouth with alluring cigar box, blackberries and plum aromas on the nose.

  • 2011 Purple Angel

    Purple Angel showcases the spicy touches typical of Carmenère, with ripe, gentle and soft tannins, it's a full bodied, dense, rich, structured wine that combines red berries, spicy black fruit and dark chocolate on the mouth with alluring raspberry, wild strawberry and blackberry aromas on the nose. The wine is blended with a touch of Petit Verdot to enhance its structure, color and cellaring potential. A mouth filling wine with a dense and very long finish, definitely a unique Carmenère! Highly recommended with red meats. Pink roast lamb cutlets encrusted in rosemary, black pepper and salt flakes. Pork Ribs. Cannelloni. Can be enjoyed now or cellared for 10 years.

  • 2011 Twins Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon

    Beautiful lively ruby red colour. Young and great power in this wine. The perfect harmony between the aromas of red fruits from Cabernet Sauvignon and the hint of plums from Malbec makes this wine very elegant and attractive. Sweet, fresh and firm tannins from Cabernet Sauvignon combine very nicely with the velvety and smooth body from Malbec. A seductive lingering in the mouth.

  • 2012 Twins Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon

    Beautiful lively ruby red colour. Young and great power in this wine. The perfect harmony between the aromas of red fruits from Cabernet Sauvignon and the hint of plums from Malbec makes this wine very elegant and attractive. Sweet, fresh and firm tannins from Cabernet Sauvignon combine very nicely with the velvety and smooth body from Malbec. A seductive lingering in the mouth.

Product Reviews

ALPHA Cabernet Sauvignon

89 Points Wine Spectator

A juicy, flattering style, with tasty braised fig, currant and blackberry fruit liberally laced with aged tobacco and dark black pepper notes. Stays nice and fleshy through the finish. Drink now through 2010. -JM July 2009

ALPHA Cabernet Sauvignon

91 Points Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate

The 2007 Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon raises the bar considerably. A glass-coating opaque purple, it has an excellent bouquet of toasty oak, tobacco, espresso, and blackcurrant. With good richness, excellent depth, and a firm structure, it will evolve for several years and drink well through 2019. June 2009

ALPHA Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Spectator

Lightly firm, with a muscular core of blackberry, currant and licorice snap notes laid over a loam and coffee undertow. Slightly chunky, but pushes through well enough on the finish. Drink now. November 2010

ALPHA Cabernet Sauvignon

90 Points Wine Advocate

The 2008 Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon is a glass-coating opaque purple color with aromas of wood smoke, pencil lead, scorched earth, violets, blackcurrant, and blackberry. Structured on the palate, but slightly clipped in the finish, another 2-3 years of bottle age could round it out but that is a gamble. Drink this Cabernet sooner rather than later. December 2010

2009 ALPHA Cabernet Sauvignon

88 Points Gismondi OnWine

Big savoury, peppery, spicy, bay leaf and menthol nose with bits of black olive, cassis and smoky, coffee aromas. Ripe, round, smooth palate with some acidity showing through. Big cassis jam, blackberry, savoury, smoky, resin, black olive, dry bay, leather and beef flavours. There is fine fruit concentration a la Apalta but with some Oz style acidity in the back end. Best with grilled meats.
Tasted: 2012-01-04 by AG-ST
January 2012

2009 ALPHA Cabernet Sauvignon

91 Points Wine Diva/Wine Scores (Daenna Van Mulligen)

TOP 50 +11 of 2011
From one of Chile’s most awarded producers, this Cabernet offers very good value.
Expect rich black currents and cherry aromas, chocolate and warm spice with lifting minty notes. The palate has a lovely freshness with similar, berry flavours, spice and tobacco. It has backbone too, but it’s softened by a supple weight. Generous fruit, nice complexity and a smooth, satisfying finish. -Rated 5 Stars by Readers
November 2011

2009 ALPHA Cabernet Sauvignon

89 Points Wine Access Buyer's Guide +

Packed with an enticing mix of sweet red fruits, sweet baking spice, brambly mixed berries and pepper and oak notes. This wine shows how cabernet sauvignon can still be delicious without being over the top with ripe black fruit. Rhys Pender March 2012

2009 ALPHA Cabernet Sauvignon

90 Points Natalie MacLean

Top Pick, Dec 10, 2011 Unfairly great for the price! Luscious, full-bodied, juicy and textured. Fleshy blackberries and black plums. Perfect for first dates if you want them to go well and for anniversaries when you want to remember only the good times. Food matches: slow-cooked roast beef and root vegetables, herbed beef stew, crown rib roast with stuffing and all the trimmings. December 2011

2009 ALPHA Cabernet Sauvignon

91 Points The Globe and Mail

Here’s a fine red for the summer’s grilled steaks. Classic cabernet flavours of cassis, mint and tobacco work together in fine balance, and the structure’s as solid as a beef-fed weightlifter. July 2012

2010 ALPHA Cabernet Sauvignon

91 Points Wine Advocate

The 2010 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 10% Merlot and aged for 12 months in French oak. It has a lifted floral bouquet with raspberry wine gums and wild strawberry, while the palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins, red currant and raspberry laced with vanilla towards the crisp finish. It is composed, harmonious and packs sufficient fruit to leave you satisfied at this price. Drink now-2017. – Neal Martin December 2012

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Montes hosts 13th Sommelier Competition in 2010

Montes was honored to be one of the hosts for the 13th World's Best Sommelier Competition in 2010.