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Proud of our history

Our mark of authenticity, we are a big family united by a great legacy. We are authentic, and the quality can be seen in even the smallest of details.

A Family Legacy

Santa Ema’s beginnings date back to the early twentieth century, when don Pedro Pavone Voglino, an Italian immigrant, athlete, and businessman, discovered in Isla de Maipo the terroir that today is home to our headquarters.

The founder and his son, Félix Pavone Arbea—an entrepreneur and visionary—began the Vinos Santa Ema company in 1956. They equipped it with a state of the art industrial infrastructure to develop and bottle high-quality wines.

Since then, Santa Ema has opened its doors to Chile and the world, beginning to export its wine, and showing solid and uninterrupted growth that today has reached a presence in 30 countries, led by the third and fourth generations of the family.

If there’s any one thing that characterizes the spirit, mission, and vision of Vinos Santa Ema, that continues to belong to the fourth generation of the Pavone family, it is the complete and constant commitment to the following fundamental values:


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stories that transcend


Pedro Pavone Voglino emigrated from Piamonte, Italy, and established himself in the Maipo region.


The Santa Ema was acquired, 35 hectares in the Isla de Maipo zone.


Félix Pavone Arbea, eldest son of don Pedro, founded Viña Santa Ema.


The first exportation of Santa Ema wines was sent abroad, to Brazil.


53 hectares of land were purchased in Isla del Maipo, the El Peral estate.


Construction began on the modern processing plant at the El Peral cellar.


Sustainability Certification awarded. The Cerro Blanco estate in Pirque was purchased, 100 hectares.


The fourth generation of the Pavone family continues leading Santa Ema, in the hands of Félix Pavone Moreno.