Viticulturists
Team

Eduardo Alemparte
Vitivinicultural Director

Agronomist and Winemaker of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Eduardo began his career at Viña Cousiño Macul in 2002, as Assistant Winemaker of the winery and cellars of Santiago and Buin. He then moved to Production Manager, responsible for setting up the bottling line, and later served as Viticulture Manager, managing vineyards on the Santiago and Buin properties for Cousiño Macul.

Between 2007 and 2011, he moved to Mendoza, Argentina, where he assumes as Chief Winemaker for Viña Kaiken, part of the Montes group. During this period, the winery grew explosively in sales, which led to the purchase of a wine cellar, as well as fields to be planted.

On his return to Chile, he joined Santa Rita in mid-2011, as Business Manager, in charge of the purchase of grapes and wines, as well as the handling of stocks. Later in 2014, he became Vitiviniculture Manager, leading the areas of Viticulture, Enology and enological operations, generating a coordinated work between the areas to ensure the sustainability of the vineyards and the elaboration of superior wines.

Gerardo Leal
Viticulture Manager

Gerardo studied Agricultural Engineering and Winemaking at the University of Chile. He holds a master’s degree in Viticulture and Sustainable Oenology from Lincoln University in New Zealand.

Since 2001, he has worked in different vineyards in Chile and the world, always focusing on high-quality wines and on the ecological management of the vineyards. He began as an assistant winemaker in Viña Haras de Pirque, and later in Viña Errázuriz, he was in charge as head of R&D in viticulture and oenology of the development of new plantations generating important knowledge in the use of rootstocks and clones. At the same time, he led the creation of the Sustainability program for Chilean vineyards in a joint effort with the University of Talca, Vinos de Chile and the Wine Consortium. Internationally, he worked for Kendall-Jackson in Chile and California, Pedroncelli Winery in California, Michel Laroche’s Mas La Cheveliere in the south of France, Antinori in Italy and Neudorf Vineyard in New Zealand.

On the other hand, his interests led him to work for two years (2006 and 2007) in a research project framed in a program of the wine industry in New Zealand, in order to increase the quality of cold climate Pinot Noir and the gestation of a sustainable vitiviniculture. His involvement included working with renowned winemakers such as Richard Smart and Glen Creasy, and specialists such as Valerie Saxton and Steve Wratten in the field of sustainable vineyard management.

In 2014 he joined Santa Rita Estates as Viticulture Manager, where along with his team he has led programs like WiSe (Wine Seed), focused on giving sustainability and long-term projection to the vineyards in quality and productivity.

Claudio Chávez
Viticulture Manager North Area

Claudio Chávez is an Agronomist with a degree in Enology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

He started his career in Siemel S.A., part of the Angelini group, as Sub-manager of a project of 400 hectares of fruit trees, later to assume as General Administrator in the same company, with a strong emphasis in management.

In 1992, he joined Viña Santa Rita as General Administrator for the Alto Jahuel estate in Buin, and in 1998, he was promoted to Zonal Manager in advising producers from Ovalle to Curicó valleys. In 2009, he took over the management and execution of the ultra Premium Leyda project for Pinot Noir, as well as administering the Pirque and Ovalle estates.

Since 2015, he has served as Viticulture Manager of the North and Central Area for Santa Rita Estates, leading the management of the entire viticulture process in the Ovalle, Casablanca, Alto Jahue, Pirque and Alhué estates, with a strong emphasis on the development of the WiSe project, which seeks to give sustainability to the fields of the group.

Throughout his career, he has participated in consultancy for different wine-growing projects oriented to the production of premium and varietal wines, as well as lecturing in agronomy schools and sales forces. On the other hand, he has participated in technical tours to wineries abroad, like Fetzer and Opus One (California), Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Chateau Petrus (France), among others.

Mario Oliva
Viticulture Manager South Area

Agronomist and Winemaker from the Universidad de Chile, Mario Oliva has worked in the viticulture area of wineries in Chile, focusing his passion on the production of high quality wines, through the continuous improvement of processes for the production of grapes.

In 2006 he began his career as an Assistant Winemaker at Viña Casa Tamaya, in the Limarí Valley, after which he entered Viña Santa Rita as a Viticulture Manager, responsible for managing and developing since the beginning the planting of 500 hectares in the field of Pumanque, which had recently been acquired by the company. In 2009, he adds to his responsibilities the estates in Apalta Valley, which are oriented to grapes for Premium and Ultra-Premium wines. During 2011 and 2012, he conducts technical consulting for 800 hectares of Santa Rita Estates located in the areas of Curicó, Peralillo, Apalta and Lolol.

In 2012 he moved to Viña Caliterra, part of the Errázuriz group, assuming as a Viticulture Manager for 280 hectares, incorporating work with organic and sustainable vineyards. In 2014, he incorporate the position of Head of the South Areas for Viña Errázuriz, as well as Sustainability Manager of the Group and producers advisor.

Since June 2015, Mario has been Viticulture Manager of the South Area for Santa Rita Estates, responsible for the technical and administrative management of the Pumanque, Marchigue, Palmilla, Apalta, Itahue and Molina fields. He also coordinates and advises For Producers of the southern zone, managing the implementation of phytosanitary and technical programs in the valleys of Colchagua, Maule and Itata.

Throughout his career and with the objective of continuous improvement of the grape, he has made technical tours to the area of ​​Cahors, Sancerre and Chinon in France, Mendoza in Argentina and Vinhos Verdes, Duoro, Dao and Alentejo in Portugal.