Dona Dominga is the latest venture of the Silva family, a leader in redefining the world’s expectations of Chilean wine and a driving force behind the success of Chile’s most important wine producing region: Colchagua. The Silva family has been pioneers in the breathtakingly beautiful Colchagua Valley since the 19th century. Historically, the Silvas were one of the first families to plant vines in this enchanted land that abuts the Cordillera of the Andes and, today, their beautifully restored colonial style winery remains the oldest in the valley. Casa Silva possesses a rich history as well as a string of world-class wines that have come to captivate international consumers and critics alike. Furthermore, Casa Silva persists in positioning itself as one of South America’s most exciting and forward-looking wineries by establishing Dona Dominga, a truly exceptional line of Reserva wines from the family’s vineyards in Colchagua. Through it all, Casa Silva remains a truly family affair. Today, the Silvas, father Mario and sons Mario Pablo, Gonzalo, and Francisco all take part in the daily operations of the winery and not surprisingly, they continue to be pioneers. The Silvas, along with their very capable oenologist Mario Geise, are considered Colchagua’s foremost experts on Carmenère, Chile’s emblematic red grape variety. Moreover, they are at the vanguard of their nation’s success with Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the production of premium white wines, especially traditional French varietals: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier. A family passion, a love for the land and its wine, and a commitment to future generations has catapulted Casa Silva in just eight years from a bulk supplier and bottler of wine to one of the continent’s superstars. Since its inception in 1997, Casa Silva has become the Chilean winery with the most recognition and awards at international wine competitions. For three consecutive years, 2000, 2001, and 2002, the Catad’Or Hyatt, Chile’s most prestigious wine competition, has heralded Casa Silva as “the Best Chilean Producer.” Furthermore, the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London named Casa Silva as “The best South American Producer”, and with good cause. This estate’s many wines are uniformly excellent and getting better with each successive vintage.