December 14, 2016

Wines of Chile names Santa Rita “2016 Winery of the Year”

(December 2016) – Leading U.S. wine importer Palm Bay International and Chilean winery Viña Santa Rita are thrilled to announce that Santa Rita has been named “2016 Winery of Year” by Wines of Chile (WOC) – the Chilean wine industry's official trade organization.

Santa Rita was selected from the organization’s more than 90 associated wineries, an important distinction that reflects Santa Rita’s successful year in the domestic and international markets.

The winery was presented with this honor during WOC’s annual gala, where trade association Chairman Mario Pablo Silva applauded Santa Rita’s commitment and passion for being an ambassador of Chilean wine around the world, as well as, its strong commercial performance and unwavering dedication to sustainability.

This award is added to a host of other distinctions Santa Rita has received in 2016, including being named Wine & Spirits “Value Brand of the Year” and Casa Real Reserva Especial’s recognition as Wine Enthusiast’s “Best Chilean Wine of Vintage 2011” and  “Master” title from The Drinks Business.


About Viña Santa Rita:

Heritage and enterprise are hallmarks of Santa Rita, one of Chile’s premier wine estates. Founded in 1880 in Chile’s Maipo Valley, this historic property was among the first to pioneer plantings of European grape varieties in Chile. In 1980, it was acquired by its present owner, Gruppo Claro, under whom Santa Rita has reaped the rewards of continuous investment, resulting in a period of impressive growth, during which the winery has consolidated its position in the vanguard of Chile’s most successful and innovative estates.  For more visit:


About Palm Bay International:

Palm Bay International, a Taub Family Company, offers one of the nation’s most comprehensive portfolios of imported wines and spirits, including over 50 suppliers from around the globe. Among Palm Bay’s most valued assets is its remarkable network of long-term partnerships with the foremost wholesale companies in all 50 states, as well as the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. With the crucial collaboration of these partners, Palm Bay’s portfolio is able to meet the needs of every level of the industry, from independent restaurants and retail stores, to chain accounts, supermarkets, hotels, airlines, cruise ships, duty-free accounts and U.S. military bases. This impressive roster of brands, accounts and relationships positions Palm Bay as a major source of fine wines and spirits and an industry leader in the U.S. marketplace. For more visit:


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