The history of Chilean wine dates to the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, but the industry underwent a French revolution of sorts in the 19th century with the arrival of new grape varieties and vinification techniques.
Mr. Melchor Concha y Toro was at the vanguard of that movement and brought noble French varieties from Bordeaux. He planted those vines in the Maipo Valley in 1883 and laid the foundations of what is now Viña Concha y Toro.SCROLL
The first icon wine in the Chilean industry celebrates more than 30 harvests with the presentation of its latest vintage—2014—.
Don Melchor celebrates its 25th anniversary with a world launch of the 2011 vintage.
The 2010 Don Melchor appears in 9th place on Wine Spectator’s influential Top 10 list. This is Don Melchor’s third appearance among the Top 10 and the seventh among the Top 100.
During the 2010 Best Sommelier of the World competition held in Chile, Viña Concha y Toro offers a magnificent tasting of Chile’s finest icon wines during which Don Melchor shines as the icon Cabernet Sauvignon of Alto Maipo.
Winemaker Enrique Tirado presents the 2007 vintage of Don Melchor in London with a vertical tasting to initiate the worldwide celebration of the wine’s 20th anniversary.
The 2005 Don Melchor earns 96 points in Wine Spectator and once again appears among the top 100 Wines of the World.
For the second consecutive year Don Melchor appears in 4th place on the Top 10 Wines of the World list, this time with its 2003 vintage.
Don Melchor is now Chile’s most award-winning wine on the global scale and a true New World benchmark.
The 2001 Don Melchor is named 4th on the Wine Spectator Top 10 Wines of the World list.
Due to his extraordinary enological sensitivity and rigor in his tireless search for and study of different terroirs, Enrique Tirado is named the exclusive winemaker for Don Melchor.
Don Melchor makes its second appearance on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the World list with its 1993 vintage.
The second vintage of Don Melchor (1988) becomes the first Chilean wine to be named to the Top 100 Wines of the World list published annually by the influential US magazine Wine Spectator. This accomplishment marks a milestone in the Chilean wine industry and positions Don Melchor as an undeniable benchmark among New World wines.
The dream of producing a superior-quality wine begins to come alive under the name of the man who founded the winery, Mr. Melchor Concha y Toro, respectfully called Don Melchor.
The first vintage of Don Melchor was 1987, and from the beginning, French winemaker Jacques Boissenot, one of Bordeaux’s most respected consultants, has participated in defining and making the final blend of each Don Melchor since the very first vintage.
Today his son, Eric Boissenot, continues his legacy as Don Melchor winemaker Enrique Tirado’s consultant.
For Concha y Toro a wine begins with the vines. Don Melchor is the faithful expression of a Cabernet Sauvignon from a specific terroir in the Puente Alto Vineyard, which is divided into blocks that are homogenous in vigor. Each block is managed according to its specific needs for balanced growth in every vine.
The story of the Don Melchor wine begins in the mid-1980s when the Chilean wine industry was undergoing another transformation and beginning to create very high quality wines. A dream began to take shape at Viña Concha y Toro that would eventually change the future of Chilean wines forever and Peynaud immediately recognized the excellence of the wines from that terroir and suggested that his closest colleague, Jacques Boissenot, consultant for renowned French châteaux, lead the project.
The adventure had already begun two years earlier, when Mr. Eduardo Guilisasti insisted that his son Rafael and winemaker Goetz Von Gersdorff travel to Bordeaux, France to meet with the renowned French maestro Emilie Peynaud, considered the father of modern winemaking. They showed him the Cabernet Sauvignon from the Puente Alto Vineyard.