Chilean wine producer Viña Tarapacá is to develop a new range of sparkling wines in the wake of its purchase of Chile's Cuvee Mumm winery.

"We bought Cuvee Mumm, which is in Casablanca Valley, and Tarapacá is planning to produce first-class champagne there," company president Carlos Cardoen said. "We bought this winery and we are going to modernise it and learn how to make champagne."

The company purchased the Cuvee Mumm winery primarily to take over its 15-20 hectares of vineyards, which are extremely suitable for growing late-harvest grapes.

Viña Tarapacá's owners, the Compañía Chilena de Fósforos, hope to begin production of the wines within six months. Cardoen said would be willing to market the new brand as simply "sparkling wine" to avoid legal problems with French producers.