Sol de Sol is made at Viña Aquitania. However, the vineyard is located in Chile’s southern Malleco Valley. After tasting impressive cool-climate wines in New Zealand, Felipe de Solminihac wondered why they couldn’t also plant vines in the unexplored south of Chile. In 1993, he pioneered the Malleco Valley with his first vines of Chardonnay, and today Sol de Sol has grown to be the benchmark for both cool climate, age-worthy Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Chile.
Viña Aquitania is a partnership between Felipe de Solminihac, Bruno Prats (Chateau Cos d'Estournel), Ghislain de Montgolfier (Bollinger Champagne) and the late Paul Pontallier (Chateau Margaux). Their winery is based in Santiago’s Maipo Valley.
Region: Malleco, Chile
Harvested from the first vines ever planted in the cooler, southern Malleco valley, Sol de Sol has grown to be the benchmark for cool climate, age-worthy Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Chile.
PAUL PONTALLIER (RIP), BRUNO PRATS, GHISLAIN DE MONTGOLFIER & FELIPE DE SOLMINIHAC
In the mid 1980’s, well-known French agronomists and winemakers Bruno Prats and Paul Pontallier started searching throughout Chile for high quality terroir to make quality wines with character.
They partnered with a mutual friend, Felipe de Solminihac, Chilean agronomist and winemaker. In 1990 they purchased a 18 hectare plot of land in the Maipo Valley of Chile and officially partnered to start Viña Aquitania.
In 1993, Felipe de Solminihac planted the first vines ever planted in the southern Malleco Valley of Chile, with the first wine released in 2000 under the label ‘Sol de Sol’.
In January 2002 Ghislain de Montgolfier, renowned agronomist from the Champagne region of France and longtime friend of the founders, became the fourth partner.