Maximiano Errazuriz Valdivieso was Chilean politician, industrialist and wine-making pioneer. Maximiano Errazuriz was of Basque descent.
Maximiano Errazuriz was born in Santiago, in 1832, the son of Francisco Javier de Errazuriz y Aldunate and of his second wife, Rosario Fernandez de Valdivieso y Zanartu (sister to Archbishop Rafael Valentin Valdivieso.). Maximiano Errazuriz studied in Santiago and later settled in Valparaiso, which at the time was one of the main ports of Chile and South America. There he met his future wife, Amalia Urmeneta Quiroga, daughter of Jose Tomas Urmeneta, who was the wealthiest man in the country. Maximiano and Amalia were married in 1855, when she was 18 and he was 22 years old.
Soon after the marriage, Maximiano Errazuriz entered into a partnership with his father-in-law to form a copper producing company. Copper is one of Chile's most important natural resources, and at one time, their company accounted for one third of the world's total copper production. A year later, in 1856, Maximiano Errazuriz formed the Santiago Gas Company , a company which was responsible for establishing street lighting in the capital city of Santiago.
Biography at webpage of the Errazuriz Vineyard
Genealogical chart of Errazuriz family
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