Winemakers
Our Winemakers

Sebastián Labbé

Sebastián was born in Chile, and from the time he was young he always had a great desire to explore the world, so he went to New Zealand, where he studied Viticulture and Enology at Lincoln University. After graduation he worked as an assistant winemaker at Tyrrell’s Wines in Australia and at Margrain Vineyard, a boutique winery in Martinborough, New Zealand, focused on the production of white wines and Pinot Noir.

Sebastián began working at Viña Carmen in 2005, where he was head winemaker until early 2017, when he was named the winemaker for Viña Santa Rita’s Premium and Ultra Premium wines. The lines he was responsible for at Carmen included the Wave Series, Carmen DO, and IIII Lustros.

Teresita Ovalle

Teresita earned her degree in Agricultural Engineering from Universidad Católica of Chile. She began working at Viña Carmen in 2015 and was an assistant winemaker until early 2017, when she was named second winemaker for Viña Santa Rita.

Oscar Salas

Oscar holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering with a mention in Viticulture and Enology from Universidad Católica of Chile. He began working at Viña Santa Rita in October 2016 after a successful period at Terra Andina—another Grupo Santa Rita winery—from 2005 to 2011. During that time he played a role in that winery’s significant growth and earning important international recognition by developing emblematic wines such as Suyai.

Until September 2016, Oscar was the head winemaker at Viña Sutil, where the important work he did in the commercial area enabled him to obtain tremendous vision about consumer tastes and preferences in both the domestic and international markets. He currently heads Santa Rita’s reserve wines, which include such important brands as Secret Reserve and Medalla Real Reserva, as well as the 120 Reserva Especial, which is the official sponsor of England’s Arsenal FC football team.

César Catalán

César is an Agricultural Engineer with a mention in Vitiviniculture and Enology from Universidad de Chile and has a master’s degree in Vitiviniculture and Enology from the same university. He has worked as an assistant winemaker at the Undurraga and San Pedro wineries. He was the winemaker at Viña Luis Felipe Edwards from 2009 until September 2016, when he joined Viña Santa Rita to lead the mass consumption varietal wines for the national market, such as the Tres Medallas and Gran 120 lines.

Cecilia Torres

Cecilia received her degree in Enology from the School of Agronomy at the Universidad de Chile and has led Viña Santa Rita’s award-winning icon wine, Casa Real, for nearly 30 years. Her professional development includes working harvests abroad, such as at Viña Clos Duval in California (1987) and Penfolds Wine Group in Australia (1992), as well as numerous technical visits to Brazil, France, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, South Africa and elsewhere.

Cecilia received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chilean Circle of Food and Wine Writers and is also the consultant for Casa Real with the aim of constantly improving it while maintaining the history and tradition that earned it the prestigious “Wine Legend” title from the influential British magazine Decanter.

Andrés Ilabaca

Andrés earned his degree in Enology from the School of Agriculture of the Universidad Católica of Chile. He began his career in 1986 as a winemaker at Viña Canepa, where he worked for 10 years. He has since spent two decades as the head winemaker at Viña Santa Rita, where he is now the technical director for the winery’s R&D department.

Andrés has worked crush seasons with Australian winemakers at Domaine de Cousserges and has participated in numerous technical tours of Australia, New Zealand, United States, Italy, and France. In 2014 he was named Winemaker of the Year by the Chilean Circle of Food and Wine Writers.