History & Geography
Mario Ravanal was born in Ligüeimo, a small agricultural town located in the heart of the wine-growing area of Chile in 1926. He is the eldest of 8 siblings, with a farmer father, who from a very young age instilled in me a love for the countryside and its vineyards. He studied Agronomical Engineering at the University of Chile, and in 1960 continued his postgraduate studies in Oenology and Viticulture in France at the Universities of Montpellier and Bordeaux. In 1965, on a visit to his parents, he found out about the sale of a beautiful property in the Placilla district; motivated by the vineyards that were already in production in those years, he bought what is currently “Viña Ravanal”; at the present with the invaluable heritage of having vineyards that are more than one hundred years old. His sons, Carmen Paz, Pía and Mario Sebastián, joined my path, oenologists who have continued his work, love and hard work for wine; adding youth, strength and innovation to Viña Ravanal.