The Morandé story began 20 years ago in 1996 with a plan to make great and innovative wines of the highest quality with grapes from vineyards in Chile’s most interesting wine valleys.
In 2000 Empresas Juan Yarur, one of Chile’s most important and respected business groups, took control of the winery and formed Grupo Belén, which includes the Morandé, Vistamar, Mancura, and Fray Leon wineries.
We were pioneers in creating and planting vineyards in Casablanca. Today the valley enjoys great international prestige and has opened the door to other coastal vineyards in Chile.
We were also the first to believe in the great potential of the Maule Valley and the old, traditional varieties seldom seen today, such as Carignan and País.
…has always been the cornerstone of and driving force behind our project
We innovate in the production and marketing of Mediterranean varieties such as Cinsault, Carignan, and Garnacha, among others—even when no one else was interested.
Our pioneering spirit has always led us to go a step beyond, and therefore, today we are innovating with high-density crops to improve the quality of our vineyards, which in turn is reflected in the quality of our wines. We were also among the first to adopt new enological practices such as using concrete ‘eggs’ and going back to using the traditional-but-forgotten large oak foudres for producing our reserve-level wines.
We were also the first winery to produce a late harvest wine in Chile and the first recognized as 100% sustainable.
Ricardo Baettig, as been Morandé’s Enological Director since 2011. He holds a degree in Agronomy and Enology from the University of Chile and a Master’s degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of Turin in Italy, one of his favorite countries, where he has consulted for various wineries in Tuscany, Piedmont, and Friuli.
Today he is in charge of the Pionero Reserva, Estate Reserve, and Gran Reserva lines and our icon, House of Morandé.
Ricardo is married and has three children, and he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is an avid reader and music lover and enjoys adventure sports, such as mountain climbing and hiking.
SPARKLING WINEMAKING DIRECTOR
Pablo Morandé, was one of the founding partners of Viña Morandé in 1996. He is an Agricultural Engineer from the University of Chile and comes from a family with 5 generations of enological tradition.
He is currently a member of the Morandé Board of Directors as well as the Enological Director for the sparkling wines and the late harvest wine, Golden Harvest.
Pablo has played a key role in the recent history of Chilean wine. In 2014 Wines of Chile named the ‘Personality of the Year.’
Pablo is married and has four children, three of whom are winemakers like himself, proving that the family certainly has wine flowing through its veins!
Our wines are distributed world wide and available in more than 45 countries.