Miguel Torres Santa Digna Estelado Rosé is a sparkling rosé wine made from 100% Pais grapes. It is also a Fair Trade wine. Miguel Torres have had operations in Chile since 1979 when the company acquired a small wine in Curico in the Chilean central valley and were one of the first foreign firms to invest in the country. The original 100 hectares bought in 1979 has now grown, some thirty years later to 445 hectares of vineyards all owned by Torres Chile. Since 2010 Miguel Torres Chile has been directed by Miguel Torres Maczassek, a fifth generation Torres winemaker who moved to Chile with his family in order to maintain the tradition and passion for winemaking that the Torres family has demonstrated all these years.
Miguel Torres Santa Digna Estelado Rosé is currently the only sparkling wine in the world made from Pais grapes. The Pais grape variety is an ancient grape variety that was originally taken to South America by the Spanish Conquistadores over 500 years ago. In Spain this variety was known as Listan Negro and later became known as Misión before being called Pais in Chile. Pais remained popular in Chile until the mid-nineteenth century when French grape varieties become prevalent. A lot of Pais was dug up and replaced with other grape varieties or made into cheap jug or bulk wine for domestic consumption but, thanks to Miguel Torres Chile, it is now undergoing a revival as a great grape variety for producing sparkling rosé. There are still some 15,000 hectares of Pais planted. This is a Fair Trade wine project set up in 2007 and co-financed by the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture, through the Fundación para la Innovación Agraria (Foundation for Agrarian Innovation). The objective of the project is to improve conditions for the farmers of the arid interior regions of Maule and Bíobío. Miguel Torres Santa Digna Estelado Rosé is made using the traditional method with secondary fermentation in the bottle.