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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 decisive 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.

Jose Ignacio Arredondo– Export Manager for USA of Viña Concha y Toro

Jose_IgnacioJose Ignacio Arrendondo is an agronomist with studies in business administration from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He joined Viña Concha y Toro in 2012 as Export Manager, USA, responsible for the representation of the winery’s portfolio of brands in this important market. His responsibility includes the correct positioning and commercialization of the premium wines in the company’s chosen markets.

 

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.

Marcelo Papa–Winemaker for Casillero del Diablo and Marques de Casa Concha

marcelo-papaFor the past 10 years, Marcelo Papa has been responsible for crafting some of Chile’s best known and most popular wines – Concha y Toro’s immensely successful and internationally acclaimed Casillero del Diablo range.

As with a number of Chile’s top winemakers, Papa earned a degree in agriculture and a post-graduate degree in enology from the highly regarded Catholic University in Santiago. He was subsequently recruited by Kendall– Jackson, where he spent the next five years before joining Concha y Toro in 1998. In 1999, a year after working on his first vintage of Casillero del Diablo wines, Papa was given the additional assignment of working on Concha y Toro’s prestigious Marques de Casa Concha wines, and named chief winemaker of Concha y Toro’s Puente Alto cellar. Under his direction, Marques de Casa Concha wines have earned some of the most vaunted accolades in Chilean winemaking. The 2002 edition of the Chilean Wine Guide hailed Papa’s Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon as “Best Wine of its Class,” while in the U.S. Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines each named it among their “Top 100 Wines of 2002.” Wine Spectator then went on to recognize Papa’s Marques de Casa Concha Merlot as one of its “Top 100 Wines of 2003.” In 2005 Papa captured Chile’s highest honor, when the Chilean Wine Guide distinguished him as its “Winemaker of the Year,” with a special tribute to his remarkable work on the Casillero del Diablo range, referencing Papa’s capacity to “create exceptional wines that are widely available in the marketplace, yet achieve extraordinary levels of quality in spite of large production levels.”

Marcio Ramírez– Head Winemaker for Gran Reserva, Assistant Winemaker for Casillero del Diablo

marcio-ramirezMarcio Ramírez, with a successful career as a winemaker, is now the head winemaker of Concha y Toro’s Cachapoal cellar in the Rapel valley. He joined Concha y Toro in 1997 with a degree in Oenology from the Universidad de Chile. Between 1998 and 2000 he worked with Enrique Tirado in the Puente Alto cellar as assistant winemaker of Don Melchor, before being transferred to the Cachapoal cellar as the chief winemaker. In 2002 and 2003 he carried out wine harvests in Château Mouton Rothschild, in Pauillac, Médoc, France, and in Castello Banfi, in Montalcino, Italy. Marcio is part of the winemaking team of Casillero del Diablo and the head winemaker for Gran Reserva Serie Riberas, responsible for the production of the Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.

Mario Mirnando–Winemaker for Gran Reserva Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc

mario-mirnandoMario Miranda graduated as an Agronomy Engineer with Enology from the University of Talca. Since his first harvest at Concha y Toro in 1996, Mario has crafted his specialty in white wines with eclectic brands such as Frontera, Sunrise and Casillero del Diablo. Knowledge and vast experience made Mario a natural choice as a Gran Reserva winemaker. Mario is responsible for both Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, grapes which inspire his passion.

 

Héctor Urzúa–Winemaker for Late Harvest, Xplorador, and Gran Reserva Merlot

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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