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Eduardo Guilisasti Gana– Chief Executive Officer, Viña Concha y Toro

Eduardo_GuilisastA civil engineer from the Universidad de Chile (1959), he joined the company in 1978 in the position of commercial manager. In 1989 he was appointed as general manager of the company and since then has followed a business model that has enabled Viña Concha y Toro to be positioned as a global leader in the world wine industry. There have been great achievements under his leadership, with the opening of the company on the New York Stock Exchange in 1994, the expansion into Argentina giving birth to the operations of Viña Trivento in 1996, and the joint venture with Baron Philippe de Rothschild signed in 1997.

His influence has been recognized internationally, being placed 9th among the 50 most decisiv e personalities in the world of wine, by Decanter Magazine. In 2012 he was honored by Wine Intelligence with the 10 for 10 Business Award, for his significant contributions to the wine industry over the past decade.

Rafael Guilisasti–Vice Chairman, Viña Concha y Toro

Rafael-GuilisastiRafael Guilisasti holds a Bachelor of Arts in History at the Catholic University of Chile and is currently the Vice Chairman of Viña Concha y Toro, a position he has held since September 1998. Mr. Guilisasti has a wide and outstanding experience in the Chilean wine industry. He joined Viña Concha y Toro in 1978 and was the Export Director from 1985 to 1998, a period of great expansion for the Company in the international markets.

 

Isabel Guilisasti Gana– Marketing Manager, Wines of Origin

Isabel_GuilisastiIsabel Guilisasti has a degree in art from the Universidad Católica de Chile. Her artistic vision soon enabled her to visualize and value “the art of making wine” and “the search for excellence” for the development and internationalization of high-quality wines, specifically in the building of the content and image of the brands. Her restlessness led her to study marketing at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and finally joined the winery in 2000. As marketing manager, she is responsible for Concha y Toro’s ultra premium and super premium brands.

During these 10 years, her management area has been dedicated to promoting the company’s premium and ultra premium brands and also the development of Concha y Toro’s corporate image.

Italo Jofre–International Wine Ambassador, Concha y Toro

Italo_JofreItalo Jofre’s passion for wine, friendly, outgoing personality and excellent communications skills brought him to the attention of Concha y Toro. He has his degree in Agricultural Engineering from Chile’s prestigious Catholic University. From there he went to Tulsa College, Oklahoma, to perfect his English before moving to California where he continued his wine education and gained hands-on winemaking experience. Italo brings with him over a decade’s worth of winemaking experience that ranges from California to Chile. Currently his focus is on developing a greater awareness of Chilean wines and wine regions, and in particular of Concha y Toro’s rich and diverse Reserve wine collection.

 

Enrique Tirado–Winemaker for Don Melchor & Gravas del Maipo, Board Director Vina Almaviva, Co-Winemaker for Trivento Eolo

Enrique_TiradoWinemaker Enrique Tirado has had a long and illustrious career at Viña Concha y Toro. After joining the Company in 1993 to lead its premium brands, in 1997 he was appointed head winemaker to assume responsibility for its super premium and ultra premium labels in addition to the Company’s icon wine, Don Melchor. In 1999, he was designated as sole winemaker of Don Melchor. In 1997, Viña Almaviva was created from a joint venture between French winery Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Viña Concha y Toro. For its first vintage in 1996, Enrique Tirado was named co-winemaker for Almaviva alongside Patrick León, Technical Director of Château Mouton Rothschild. Tirado was appointed a director of Viña Almaviva in 2004. Enrique Tirado has also worked as co-winemaker for terroir wines at a Viña Concha y Toro subsidiary in Argentina, Viña Trivento since 2001.

Isabel Mitarakis– Winemaker, Don Melchor

Isabel-MitarakisIsabel is an agronomist from the Universidad Católica de Chile, with specialization in oenology. She began her professional career with Concha y Toro in 2011, with Viña Maycas del Limarí, and in the Puente Alto cellar, working on several premium wines, working closely with the winemakers Marcelo Papa and Enrique Tirado. Isabel also has experience in foreign harvests including Berlucchi, (Franciacorta, Italy), Fetzer Vineyards (Mendocino valley, California, USA), in the harvest of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, (Bordeaux, France). She joined the Don Melchor team in January 2013.

Ignacio Recabarren–Winemaker for Trio, Terrunyo, Amelia and Carmin de Peumo

Ignacio_RecabarrenA Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Agronomist and Oenologist, Ignacio Recabarren has developed a successful career both in Chile and abroad; he is considered a natural referent in Chilean viticulture and winemaking. He joined Concha y Toro in 1995 and currently oversees four wine ranges: Carmin de Peumo, Amelia Chardonnay, Terrunyo and TRIO. Under his inspired leadership, Amelia and Terrunyo have both been acknowledged as bearers of quality standards never before seen in Chilean wines. Amelia was the first Casablanca Chardonnay to receive a Wine Spectator 90-point rating, while Terrunyo Sauvignon Blanc and Carmenere, with Wine Spectator 90 and 91 points each, are considered top exponents in their respective varieties. In 2002 the Guía de Vinos de Chile, Chile’s most influential wine publication, recognized Ignacio Recabarren as Winemaker of the Decade and credited him for introducing Chilean Sauvignon Blanc to broader international markets. In 2006, the Círculo de Cronistas Gastronómicos de Chile – Association of Chilean wine and food writersgave its valued “Achievement in Winemaking” award to Ignacio Recabarren, in recognition of his lifetime professional accomplishments.

Héctor Urzúa–Winemaker for Late Harvest and Xplorador

Héctor_UrzúaHéctor Urzúa is an enologist from the University of Chile who joined Concha y Toro in 1996. Héctor is in charge of the Lontué cellar and has amassed a wealth of experience working on wines such as Late harvest, Xplorador and Gran Reserva Merlot. His great experience and all his knowledge from working in the Maule Valley make him an indispensable member of the Concha y Toro team.

 

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