A lifelong visionary who, early on, grasped the importance of exporting his family's wines along with the "culture of wine," Torres spearheaded the purchase of 250 acres of vineyard land in Chile's Curicó Valley in 1979, thereby setting up the company's original overseas winery. He immediately imported and installed that country's first stainless steel fermentation tanks and also brought in the first new oak barrels Chile had seen since the 1940s. In 1996, the Chilean government named Torres a Grand Official of the Order of Bernardo O'Higgins in recognition of his contributions to developing Chile's fledgling wine sector.
Since the dawning of the new millennium, Torres has largely concentrated his efforts in three key areas: domestic expansion; importing and distributing Torres wines in China and India; and speaking about climate change and its impact on global viticulture. ??
"Miguel Torres has changed the world of wine by not only setting an example for the modernization of the Spanish wine industry, but on a global scale," says Wine Enthusiast editor and publisher Adam Strum.