María del Pilar Díaz, a young, intrepid, daring and passionate winemaker, is in charge of creating Bodega Volcanes de Chile´s line of distinctive wines. She has worked abroad and in Chile with renowned winemakers including Hernán Amenábar and Rafael Urrejola at Viña Undurraga, and Ignacio Recabarren at Concha y Toro. As head winemaker, she is responsible for maintaining the identity of all our wines, giving them a unique and distinctive personality that is strongly marked by the volcanic origin of the soils where our grapes are grown.
Her interest in discovering alternative winemaking styles and techniques has taken her on various trips to wine producing areas around the world, such as Marlborough in New Zealand, where she harvested for the Nobilo group, famous for its Sauvignon Blancs; in Burgundy, France, where she made Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for the traditional winery Domaine Roux Père et Fils., and the Napa Valley in the US, where she was involved in a harvest led by Ken Bernards, winemaker at Ancien Wines.
The viticulturist Roberto Pinto has worked extensively as a consultant, primarily in organic vineyards. He has travelled to California and New York where he was involved in vine management for various organic vineyards.
From 1994 to 2001 he worked at Viña Carmen, starting as an intern and working his way up to become head of the organic producers and vineyards department.
In Chile he has worked as a consultant for many wineries, including Viña El Litral, Viña Chacarero, Viña Huelquén, Viña Pargua, Viña Rukumilla, Viña Chequen, Viña Soler and Viña Odfjell.
He joined Viña Undurraga in 2007 as viticulturist to the producers and since 2009 he has been part of the Bodega Volcanes de Chile project.
Gonzalo Henríquez, senior exploration geologist, has a uniquely scientific vision - rarely encountered in the world of winemaking - of the geological factors that influence the characterisation of a specific terroir.
His keen interest in winemaking started 10 years ago when a research project he was working on led him to investigate different winemaking methods. Since then his interest has blossomed into quite a hobby, especially since meeting Larry Meinert (consultant geologist), who has published several works on the geology of terroirs including the book “Fine Wine and Terroir”, which compares European, Canadian and US terroirs from a geo-scientific perspective.
Recently he has been working for BHP Billiton at copper (Cu) mines in the far north of Chile and mineral deposits - zinc (Zn), lead (Pb) and gold (Au) - in Patagonia. He has also been involved in consultancy projects in gold (Au) exploration and geological engineering assessments for civil works, such as roads and viaducts. At GFZ Potsdam in Germany, he carried out laboratory analysis of volcanic rocks. He has also delivered a volcanology course on Argentina’s northern altiplano for UNESCO and has worked on various field studies of volcanic rocks in Antarctica.
Agronomist and winemaker Agustín Aguerrea has two great passions: agriculture and wine. He inherited his passion for agriculture from his father, while his passion for wine was inspired by his great Italian friend, Agostino Molteni, who taught him to appreciate fine wines.
Between 1998 and 2006 he worked on a 200 hectare project in the Colchagua Valley for Viña Peralillo. During this time he visited wineries in Spain’s la Rioja and Navarra Regions. From 2006 to 2008 he worked for Viña El Principal, planting and producing premium grapes in the Pirque area.
He came to Grupo Vinos del Pacífico in 2008, joining the Bodega Volcanes team where he currently works as Terroir Manager, combining his in-depth knowledge of the Andes Mountains and their volcanoes with his vast experience in viticulture.
As a winemaker, Agustín has harvested for some of Chile’s most famous wineries such as Concha y Toro and Viña Errázuriz.