Concha y Toro is the Penfolds of Chile, simultaneously producing some of Chile’s greatest wines in limited quantities (Don Melchor, Carmín de Peumo, Amelia, Maycas del Limarí Quebrada Seca Chardonnay etc.) as well as large volumes of high-quality brands such as Casillero del Diablo. It is Chile’s largest vineyard owner with over 6000 hectares of vineyards spread throughout the country’s many wine-producing regions, and it buys in as grapes a similar quantity to that produced in its own vineyards. Since its origins in 1883, when liberal politician Don Melchor de Concha y Toro and his wife Doña Emiliana cultivated their first vineyards from Bordeaux vine cuttings, the company, as we know it today, has expanded almost beyond recognition from unremarkable beginnings.
Under the direction of the Guilisasti family, who took over the majority share of the company in 1961, Concha y Toro gradually established its name through value-for-money, well-made varietal wines. From the end of the 1980s onwards, Chile secured an important place on export markets with Concha y Toro leading the way through the successful development of a number of big wine brands.
Concha y Toro’s wine portfolio has continued to develop and modernise over the past few decades and, with vineyard holdings from Limarí in the north to Bio Bío in the south, it is well-placed to do so. Winemakers Marcelo Papa (responsible for Casillero del Diablo, Marqués de Casa Concha and Maycas del Limarí) and Ignacio Recabarren (responsible for Trio, Terrunyo, Amelia and Carmín de Peumo) have spearheaded an impressive rise in quality. Their winemaking skills and the great vineyard resources of Concha combine to make some of Chile’s best wines.