Viña Falernia was founded in 1998 after Aldo Olivier Gramola realised the potential for producing superb wines in this semi-arid valley.

The Aldo Olivier’s family is originary from a small village in northern Italy (Trentino Region) called Dimaro and located on the Alps in a beautiful valley called “Val di Sole” which is now a nice place for skiing in winter and trekking in summer. But in 1951 the economy was failing, so Aldo’s father decided to leave the country to Chile, taking an opportunity with the development plan dealed between the Chilean President -Gabriel Gonzalez Videla- and the Italian Prime Minister -Alcide Degasperi-. In May 1951 the family arrived in the Coquimbo/La Serena region, as one of the 200 families of the colonization.

Aldo was 12 years old, the oldest of his 7 brothers and, after arriving in Chile he gained two more siblings! The Olivier’ s started their life in the Southern hemisphere cultivating vegetables; few years later Aldo got married and he moved from La Serena to a small village located in Elqui Valley, called El Tambo, part of Vicuña district, where he and his wife had 4 kids. In 1972 he started planting g r a p e vines for Pisco production (The Chilean national spirit) and, few years later, he established his own Pisco distillery that became quickly the third largest producer in Chile.

 The Falernia project was born in 1995 after he met his cousin Giorgio Flessati, an oenologist working in the Trentino region in northern Italy.

Falernia began as an innovative venture, as it is Chile’s most northerly wine estate, a considerable distance from the country’s main wine- growing areas.

The driving force has been a passion for the wine and the challenge of transforming a tract of desert into a green vineyard with enormous potential. Utilizing the latest technologies, support from Chilean agronomist Eduardo Silva, viña Falernia has succeeded in transforming itself in a premium wine producer.

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