WELCOME TO THE WINERY
LFE remains a family owned and managed winery, with two generations actively involved in keeping the brand synonymous with quality and traditional family values.
In 1976, Luis Felipe Edwards Sr and his wife returned to Chile looking for new opportunities after having lived in Europe for some years. They were enamoured by a wine estate in Colchagua Valley, for sale by a family friend, which had 60 ha of planted vineyards, a small winery, and a historical country farmhouse. This property was surrounded by foothills of the Andes mountains, creating a micro-valley of its own in a horseshoe shape, facing northwest. With careful consideration, they purchased the land, along with the surrounding hills.
This estate, Fundo San Jose de Puquillay, was the foundation for what would become one of Chile’s largest wineries in the decades to come, committing to maintaining their family heritage.
In 1980, they expand their land holdings and purchase 30 more ha in the Colchagua Valley.
Luis Felipe dedicated most of the 80’s to increasing his vineyard holdings and establishing his agricultural roots.
He purchased an additional 185 ha of vineyards in Colchagua, selling the produced wine in bulk, studying his vineyards and resulting wines, and cultivating different fruits for export.
The 90’s were a turning point for LFE wines. Seeing the potential for Chilean wine in the export market, and recognizing the quality of the wines which were being produced from his estate grapes, Luis Felipe decided to bottle his wine and sell under his own brand- using his own name as a seal of quality on each bottle.
He made the first of what would be many expansions and modernizations to the existing winery, and in 1995 released the first bottles of Viña Luis Felipe Edwards wine- a Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
In the 2000’s LFE is becoming an increasingly important player in the exportation of Chilean wines. Luis Felipe Edwards Jr takes on the role of General Manager, and all director positions are held by members of the family.
Focusing on preserving the quality of his wines and diversifying his portfolio, Luis Felipe explores new terroirs- purchasing an estate in the coastal Leyda Valleys and embarking on an unprecedented project in the surrounding mountains of his estate- 134 hectares of vineyards planted in altitudes reaching up to 900 m.a.s.l.
Meanwhile, at the original estate, a modern bottling plant is constructed, along with an additional wine cellar.