Santa Rita Estates presents new technical structure
Santa Rita Estates, the Claro Group wineries will present a new structure for the oenological and viticulturist teams, that seeks to boost the work of its professionals, incorporating new impetus but maintaining the experience, knowledge and trajectory of its great figures.

From January 1, 2017, Santa Rita Estates – which includes Santa Rita, Carmen, Sur Andino and Doña Paula wineries- will present a new structure that groups the oenological and viticulture areas, to ensure that its wines are the result of the coordination of both areas.

The company, recently recognized as “Winery of the Year 2016″ by Wines of Chile, the most important guild in the Chilean wine industry, took on the challenge of incorporating young talent, that will work together with the great winemakers of the winery, who will deliver their experience and trajectory. The Vitiviniculture Department will continue to be led by Eduardo Alemparte, who will seek the permanent dialogue between winemakers and viticulturists.

Sebastián Labbé, current Chief Winemaker of Viña Carmen, will take over the position of Premium and Ultra Premium Winemaker of Viña Santa Rita. Labbé, who joined Viña Carmen after an outstanding season as assistant winemaker in wineries in Australia and New Zealand, has stood out for his strong spirit of innovation, which will continue to develop from his new position in Santa Rita. He will have Teresita Ovalle as the second winemaker, who has been part of the oenological team of Viña Carmen for the last two years.

On the other hand, Cecilia Torres – recognized with the Oenological Trajectory Award granted by the Circle of Gastronomic Journalists of Chile in 2015, and who has led Casa Real for almost 30 years- will continue as consultant supporting the new team of the award-winning icon wine. This in order to continue perfecting it, maintaining its history and tradition that has enabled Casa Real to earn the title of “Wine Legend”, granted by the prestigious British magazine, Decanter.

Andrés Ilabaca, currently Chief Winemaker of Santa Rita, will take over as Technical Director of R&D. Ilabaca -who was named “Winemaker of the Year” in 2014 by the Circle of Gastronomic Journalists of Chile- will be in charge of vitiviniculture development, improving R&D in all the work of this area.

Óscar Salas will continue to lead the Santa Rita Reserva wines, with outstanding brands such as Secret Reserve, Medalla Real Reserva and 120 Reserva Especial, the latter being the official sponsor of Arsenal.

César Catalán will be in charge of the varietal and national consumption wines of Santa Rita, including the brands Tres Medallas and Gran 120, aiming to maintain the leadership in these segments.

Viña Carmen will soon announce its new Chief Winemaker. The main goal will be to continue to position Carmen as an innovative winery in the development of wines of great recognition and to promote the Gold, Winemaker’s, Gran Reserva and Wave Series lines, among others.

The Viticulture Department will continue to be led by Gerardo Leal, who assumed this position at Santa Rita Estates in 2015 after significant experience in Errázuriz and formerly in New Zealand. Gerardo has been a key piece in the development of emblematic projects for the group as the WiSe Project.

With this new structure Santa Rita Estates consolidates a top-of-the-line team in viticulture and oenology that will enable a true path to sustainability. With this, the company takes on new challenges for 2017, with young professionals who will give a new impetus to the winery, but at the same time, maintaining and highlighting the great winemakers who have marked with their personality and talent the wines that consecrate the successful history of Santa Rita.