New Cabernet Franc added to Santa Rita 120 Range

Press Release

31st  October 2012

Cabernet Franc from the new Chilean D.O. Pumanque

added to the Santa Rita 120 range



Award winning Chilean wine brand Santa Rita have expanded their 120 range by adding Cabernet Franc to their line-up. The ‘120’ range, named after the historic event in which 120 soldiers took refuge in Santa Rita’s cellars in 1814 during Chile’s war for independence, is  Santa Rita’s most successful wine brand in terms of both volume and value.

The Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc is made from grapes grown in the coastal Pumanque region within the Colchagua Valley and comprises  85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.  The vineyards at Pumanque are planted with grafted rootstocks specifically cultivated within the Santa Rita nurseries as part of their sustainability programme. These rootstocks have been developed to adapt to prolonged periods of dry weather and water shortages, an inherent issue in Chile and one that is not predicted to improve in the foreseeable future.  The grapes are all hand-picked and after a five day cold maceration the wines are then fermented in stainless steel tanks at 26 – 28°C. French oak is used to add complexity with 20% of the wines being aged in wood for four months. The resulting wine is a deep purple-red colour with luscious fruits of the forest aromas on the nose and berries, spice, vanilla and coffee flavours on the palate. Priced at £7.49 the wine is available in Majestic.

Pumanque  is one of the new wine producing areas to receive an official Denomination of Origin designation in the modification to law 464 published in Santiago on 29th September 2012[1]. Changes in climatic conditions and continued technologic innovation in water supplies have resulted in the expansion of vineyard plantings in Chile into areas that had previously been unsuitable for intensive agriculture. Amendments to law 464 have been made in recognition of both the high quality and distinctive characteristics of wines being produced in very specific regions.

During a recent visit to London to launch this new wine, Carlos Gatica, wine-maker for the 120 brand enthused about the quality of this wine which is rarely seen from Chile as a single varietal “ Our new Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc really punches above its weight with fantastic fruit complexity  that is both elegant and refined. These vineyards are only five years old and this is our first Cabernet Franc vintage but I have very high expectations for this and other grape varieties sourced from our new Pumanque vineyards.’



[1] See Notes to Editor below for full list of new recognised DO’s.

For further information please contact:

Caroline Park – Santa Rita Estates

Tel. + 44 7793 367501



Notes to Editors




  • Established in 1880, Santa Rita is one of Chile’s oldest and most respected wineries
  • Santa Rita is one of the top selling Chilean wine brands in both the off-trade and as Santa Rita Gran Hacienda in the on-trade in  the UK  and Ireland
  • Santa Rita owns over 2,500 hectares of Wines of Chile Certified Sustainable vineyards in the following wine valleys: Limarí, Casablanca, Leyda, Maipo, Colchagua, Apalta, Maule, Rapel and Curico

Santa Rita wines are part of the Santa Rita Estates portfolio.




Santa Rita Estates (SRE), also known as the Claro Wine Group, comprises four wine brands from Chile: Santa Rita, Carmen, Nativa , Terra Andina and Doña Paula from Argentina. The Claro Wine Group is a fully owned subsidiary of the Claro Group operating out of Santiago, Chile.

  • SRE are South Americas second largest premium wine exporter in terms of sales by value *
  • SRE currently own over 3,700  hectares of vines in Chile and more than 700 hectares in Argentina
  • SRE wines are distributed by Santa Rita Europe Ltd (GB), Berkmann Wine Cellars (GB)- Santa Rita Gran Hacienda on-trade & independent off-trade, Terra Andina;  HallgartenDruitt (GB) – Carmen & Doña Paula on-trade & independent off-trade, Liberty Wines – Nativa (GB) Drinks Inc. (Northern Ireland) – Terra Andina and Gleeson inc. Gilbeys (ROI) – Santa Rita


The team of winemakers and viticulturalists working for Santa Rita Estates are dedicated to producing the best quality wines Chile and Argentina can offer from a diverse range of terroirs.  Each of the brands has their own unique identity and wine style. Sustainability is top of the agenda in every part of the wine making process, from the vineyards to the final distribution and Santa Rita Estates have a fully integrated environmental and commercial sustainability programme in place.


*(measured by wine sales greater than $30/case)



CHILE – New wine regions and areas under the September 2012 amendments to law 464. New regions/areas are in red

New Región:

Región Austral:

Subregión Valle del Cautín: / Areas: Perquenco, Galvarino

Subregión Valle de Osorno:/Areas: Osorno, San Pablo, Purranque (Provincia de Osorno)

/Areas: La Unión y Futrono (Provincia del Ranco)

New Areas

Región de Coquimbo: / Area – La Serena

Región de Aconcagua:

Subregión Valle De Aconcagua: Areas – Zapallar, Quillota, Hijuelas, Catemu, Llay-Llay, San Felipe, Santa María,  Calle Larga, San Esteban

Subregión Valle de San Antonio: Area- Santo Domingo, Cartagena, Algarrobo

Región del Valle Central:

Subregión Valle del Maipo/zona Valle del Maipo: Areas – Colina, Calera de Tango, Ti-Til, Lampa

Subregión Valle del Rapel/zona Valle del Cachapoal:Areas-  Machalí, Coltauco

Subregión Valle del Rapel/zona Valle de Colchagua Areas-  Litueche, La Estrella, Paredones, Pumanque

Subregión Valle de Curicó/zona Valle del Teno Areas – Vichuquen

Subregión Valle del Maule/zona Valle del Claro Areas-  Empedrado y Curepto

Subregión Valle del Maule/zona Valle del Loncomilla Areas-  Colbún, Longavi,Retiro.


The amendments also state  that wine labels with D.O. can refer to the newly recognised areas of Andes, Cordillera and Costa provided 85% of the grapes originate from those defined areas:



Andes: Vicuña, Paihuano, Monte Patria, Río Hurtado, Salamanca, Illapel, Santa María, Calle Larga, San Esteban, Santiago, Pirque, Puente alto, Buin, Requinoa. Rengo, Machalí, San Fernando, Chimbarongo, Romeral, Molina, San Clemente and Colbún.


Entre Cordilleras: Punitaqui, Hijuelas, Panquehue, Cartemu, Llay Llay, San Felipe, Isla de Maipo, Talagante, Melipilla, Alhué, María Pinto, Colina, Calera de Tango, Ti-Til, Lampa, Rancagua, Peumo, Coltauco, Nancagua,, Santa Cruz, Palmilla, Peralillo, Marchigue, La Estrella, Rauco,Sagrada Familia, Talca, Pencahue, San Rafael, San Javier, Villa Alegre, Parral, Retiro, Linares. Longaví, Cauquenes, Cillán, Quillón,Yumbel, Mulchén y Traiguén.


Costa: La Serena, Ovalle, Zapallar, Quillota, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Cartagena, Algarrobo, Valle del Marga Marga, Lo Lol, Litueche, Paredones, Pumanque, Vichuquén, Empedrado, Curepto, Portezuelo y Coelemu.