The origins of Santa Ema go back to 1917 when Pedro Pavone Voglino emigrated from Piedmont and planted European grapes in the Central Valley. These were sold to other wineries until his son Felix began making and marketing their own wine in 1956.
His four children are now all involved with the running of the company which began exporting in 1986, firstly to Brazil, but now to 20 countries around the world. The fourth generation of the Pavone family is committed to four corner-stones of business: respect for the human being - the winery has fair trade ‘Fair for life’ accreditation; quality first in their wines; care for the environment; and a passion for what they do. In 2003 a new vinification centre was opened in the Isla de Maipo at El Peral surrounded by 50 hectares of the company’s own vines. Grapes are sourced from their own vineyards throughout Maipo and from other growers, all certified as sustainable and stretch from the mountains to the coast through Maipo Alto to Maipo Medio and Maipo Costa (Leyda). Recent purchases have included a large part of the Cerro Alta, a sloping bowl of vineyards at 1,000 metres that is perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmènere.