Urmeneta, a public person and one of the wealthiest man in the country in those years, was the owner of the famous mine Pique de Tamaya. With his work, he contributed to turn Chile into the largest copper producer in the world, between 1861 – 1870.
One of the most important characteristics about his personality was his philanthropic spirit, contained in leaving part of his legacy to his workers.
He started his connection with the agriculture when he bought part of the big state belonged to the Jesuit community. There he planted varieties from France as Pinot Noir, Malbec, Cabernet for red wines and Semillon, Muscatel and Sauvignon Blanc for white wines.
Between 1869 and 1901 Viña Urmeneta was awarded Gold and Silver medals in 11 International contests.
His visionary vocation to make of Chile a modern country is expressed by his figure on our labels searching the horizon through his telescope.
The character and integrity of Mr. José Tomas Urmeneta are the essential symbols of the history and tradition of this prestigious Chilean Wine.