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Viña Doña Javiera

Viña Doña Javiera Located in a privileged place, where the natural richness of Maipo Valley meets an historical patrimony connected with the Foundation and the Independence of Chile, Vina Dona Javiera is a family business that aims to rescue the wine making tradition of several generations.

The Carrera brothers (Javiera, Juan José, José Miguel and Luis), sons of Don Ignacio de la Carrera and Paula Verdugo, were active participants of the battle for Chile’s Independence. Among the brothers, Jose Miguel de la Carrera y Verdugo, was the most outstanding fighter in the battle for independence. He was Chief of State and First General in Chief of the Army. He’s also considered as the first Caudillo (leader) in Chile’s republican history and also one of the first ones in America.

All the brothers, except Javiera, were executed in Mendoza, Argentina, because of the internal struggles among the patriots. Dona Javiera recovered their bodies in 1928 and she gave them proper burials.

Local residents from El Monte have the certainty that there’s a tunnel that joins the Convent of the Franciscans in the town’s main square with the house of the Carrera brothers in San Miguel estate, because some older families of the area tell stories of not only seeing it, but about being there, played there and finding armor and pieces of patriot uniforms.

If it exists, it would be one kilometer long, three meters deep and would go through the buildings that surround the civic center of the commune since the conquista period. Its size would’ve allowed riding a horse inside. The legend says that Jose Miguel Carrera choose that place to hide after the Desastre de Rancagua. But not only that, the tunnel was also the hiding place for Jose Miguel Rodriguez in his multiple revolutionary escapades.