A century and a half ago, Christian Lanz founded Vina Carmen, Chile’s oldest wine brand dating back to 1850. Named after his wife, Vina Carmen remains as an icon in Chile Lanz envisioned more than a century and half ago. Combining tradition, superb vineyards and a state of the art winery that was constructed in 1992, Vina Carmen is currently South America’s leading winery as well as its oldest. In the 1990’s, winemaker Alvaro Espinoza, a proponent of organic viticulture, moved Carmen to the forefront of South American producers and helped gain international acclaim for the brand, as well as advocating organic winemaking practices. Wine & Spirits magazine has named Carmen “Top Winery of the Year” at least four times and current offerings bottled by Sebastian Labbe look to be some of the finest this winery has produced to date. The Gran Reserva line highlights the best terroirs within Chile, sourced from low yielding single vineyard plots, and are some of the best examples of premium Chilean wines available stateside.