Ricardo Claro, owner of the Santa Rita winery, died this week after suffering a heart attack in Santiago, Chile.

Claro, who was 74 years old, died on Tuesday (28 October). Around 2,000 mourners - including friends, family, politicians and business leaders - attended a funeral mass yesterday morning to bid farewell to him.

Claro purchased the Santa Rita winery in 1980 - a company that is now represented in the US by Palm Bay International.

The group also owns other wineries including; Carmen, Sur Andino (Terra Andina) and Doña Paula, and has a stake in Los Vascos with Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite).

"Throughout his long and illustrious career, Mr Claro touched so many lives across the Chilean business landscape and, indeed, globally - he will certainly be missed," the company said.

Ricardo Claro is survived by his wife, Maria Luisa.