Our winemaking philosophy is based on creating characterful, authentic and consistent wines. The winemakers and viticulturists at Viña Undurraga work together as a dynamic team to express the identity and quality of our vineyards through each and every one of our lines of wines. They do this through meticulous management of the vines and outstanding care in the production of the wine.
While each of our lines bears the personal stamp of its winemaker, Undurraga wines all have one thing in common: each seeks to faithfully represent the character of the grape variety it is made from and its place of origin. And, above all else, we prioritize good balance, fruit expression and fine quality.
Rafael Urrejola, as head winemaker of Undurraga, is the leader of the entire winemaking operation, giving guidance and instructions to his team who each manage specific ranges or wines from entry-level to higher end including still, sparkling and late harvest wines. Furthermore he is personally in charge of Undurraga’s flagship wines Altazor, Trama, Founder´s Collection, and the emblematic T.H. -Terroir Hunter- range.
Rafael joined Viña Undurraga in 2007. He initially joined the team to specifically oversee one of our globally best-known brands, T.H. (Terroir Hunter) and then more recently, in 2013, he took over the winery’s premium lines and simultaneously became head winemaker.
Since joining, and because of his involvement from the outset in the T.H. project, Rafael has spent a great deal of time understanding Chile’s diversity with regards to the vineyards , and it is in this area that he has proven to have a particular interest in the soil types and a natural ability to detect and manage special micro-lots.
Prior to joining Undurraga, “Rafa", as he is more commonly known, worked as Head Winemaker at Viña Leyda, from the very beginning of the viticulture development in San Antonio and Leyda Valley. There, he made a range of Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay wines, many of which won important international awards.
Rafael has travelled extensively within Chile and globally always with a desire to gain a greater knowledge and exposure to the array of different terroirs. He spent many harvests working in wineries including: Saintsbury winery (Carneros, California), Viña Montes (Chile), Gainey Vineyard (Santa Barbara, California), Domaine Jacques Prieur (Mersault, Burgundy, France) and Paul Ginglinger (Alsace, France).
Among his many achievements, include being selected Winemaker of the Year 2009 by the Círculo de Cronistas Gastronómicos de Chile (Chilean Circle of Food & Wine Writers). Further accolades have followed; in 2014, he was nominated as one of the 30 best young winemakers in the world by U.K. magazine The Drinks Business and in the same year he was nominated as one of the three best red wine winemakers in the world by The International Wine Challenge (U.K.).
Other notable highlights of his already impressive career include in 2009, T.H. Sauvignon Blanc Lo Abarca 2008 won the International Trophy for the Best Sauvignon Blanc in the World at the UK's prestigious 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards. He repeated the feat three years later, in 2012, with Leyda Pinot Noir 2010, and again in 2015, when the 2012 vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon Alto Maipo was recognized as the best in the world at the 2015 International Wine & Spirits Competition.
In addition Viña Undurraga has been included in the Top 100 Wineries of the Year by Wine and Spirits Magazine in 2017, 2016 and 2013. In 2016 Undurraga was nominated to New World Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast. All these mentions where given for T.H. –Terroir Hunter- wines.
Most recently, in 2017, Rafael was named as The Winemaker of the Year by Tim Atkin MW, one of the most influential wine critics in Europe, in his Special Wine Report on Chile. When Rafa is not up to his neck in grapes or digging holes inChilean vineyards he enjoys relaxing with his wife Macarena and their children, listening to good music and ideally with a decent glass of wine or often beer in his hand!
SPARKLING AND TITILLIUM WINEMAKER. ALSO LOOKS AFTER THE RESERVA RANGE OF WINES, ALIWEN
When he started out in the world of wine, he participated in harvests at renowned wineries in South Africa, the U.S., and Spain.
He considers himself a wine lover and is a talented winemaker who works hard to stay at the cutting edge, setting trends and showing a sustained interest in the development of wine in new terroirs throughout Chile.
One of his main hobbies is snowboarding, and he hits the slopes as frequently as he can.
Carlos handled the Gran Reserva Sibaris line from 2012 to 2014 and was a major part of the evolution of the winemaking style of the line and the prestige that it has earned in the market.
He took on responsibility for the entire portfolio of Undurraga sparkling wines in 2013, including the Alta Gama and Titillum lines.
Thanks to the publicity campaign Sparkling People, Undurraga sparkling wines have been recognized as leaders in this category. They have driven growth in consumption of these wines in Chile and have served as a point of reference for innovation and new formats.
WINEMAKER FOR THE GRAN RESERVA RANGE, SIBARIS
“Pili,” as she is known to everyone, has vast experience in the field. She has worked in several different countries and with important Chilean winemakers including Hernán Amenábar and Rafael Urrejola of Viña Undurraga and Concha y Toro’s Ignacio Recabarren.
This young winemaker is bold, intrepid, and passionate about her work. She joined Undurraga in 2009 as the winemaker responsible for providing support for fine wine production. Since 2014, she has overseen the production of wines for our award-winning line Gran Reserva Sibaris.
Pilar has a long-standing interest in learning about different winemaking styles, which has led her to experience emblematic wine regions such as Marlborough in New Zealand, where she participated in a harvest with the Nobilo Group, a company famous for its Sauvignon Blanc; Burgundy, France, where she made Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for the traditional Domaine Roux Père et Fils; and the Napa Valley in the United States, where she worked with over ten varieties under the direction of Ancien Wines consultant and winemaker, Ken Bernards.
She also has completed extensive technical visits to winemaking regions in Australia, Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, South Africa, Canada, and the United States.
Pilar is undoubtedly an example of young women who fight for what they are passionate about, and this is reflected in her work and in the quality of the wines that she makes.
U BY UNDURRAGA WINEMAKER
“Pato,” as he is called at the winery, is known for his good nature, southern warmth, love of music, and for being one of the most popular members of the Undurraga team.
Originally from the beautiful southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas, Patricio joined Viña Undurraga as a winemaker in 2009.
He currently oversees the production of export and varietal selections and supports Carlos Concha’s work with the Aliwen line, Sparkling Wines and the Titillum line.
Pato’s experience with Chilean wineries includes work with Viña Misiones de Rengo and Anakena, where he participated in the harvest and managed the cellar.
His passion for wine has led him to undertake several international business trips. He worked at Bodega Borsao in Borja, Zaragoza, where he oversaw the harvest and learned about the winemaking processes used for varieties such as Grenache and Tempranillo. In 2005, he worked in Sonoma Valley at the Sonoma Cutrer winery, which produces premium wines.
Patricio also has always been a remarkable and passionate athlete. As a football player, he won a national championship and two South American championships with Pontificia Universidad Católica. He also practices jujitsu and yoga.
“Gaby” has been an assistant winemaker at Viña Undurraga since November 2014. Her main role is to support the entire winemaking team by actively participating in the harvest. She also assists the Sales department by drafting technical sheets for wines, conducting tastings and visiting clients.
This young agronomist and winemaker graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She is curious and passionate about visiting and understanding other cultures. Her trips have been a motivating factor in her life, particularly those to places related to her main passion: wine. This has led her to visit various wine regions in Europe and emblematic wineries in Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune in Burgundy, Pomerol and Saint Emilion in Bordeaux, Alto do Douro in Portugal, and Peñafiel in Spain.
Gabriela has worked in at a number of renowned wineries around the world, such as Quinta do Passegueiro and Ervedoso do Douro in Portugal and Flowers Vineyard and Winery on the Sonoma Coast of the United States. She has also worked for important Chilean wineries, acquiring experience as an assistant winemaker at Cavas del Valle in the Elqui Valley, Viña William Cole in the Casablanca Valley and Viña De Martino in the Maipo Valley.
Gaby is interested in developing a long-term vision for the wine industry, and she has complemented and expanded her knowledge by earning a master’s degree in Sustainability Management at Universidad del Desarrollo. This course offered her tools for comprehensively addressing environmental, social, and economic issues. She brought that knowledge to the field by working with Viña Concha y Toro's sustainability department. Her interest in these issues has also led her to spend some of her free time working in the marketing area of the NGO Susténtate, which she has done for over a year.
SECOND UNDURRAGA WINEMAKER, SUPPORTING THE WINEMAKING OF THE RESERVA AND GRAN RESERVA RANGES
This agronomist and oenologist joined the winemaking team at Viña Undurraga in 2011 in order to manage Bodega Quinta de Tilcoco. He spends a great deal of his time in the field preparing the base wines for sparkling wines and the Aliwen line.
The strategic location of the Quinta de Tilcoco winery enables him to constantly move between the Talagante winery and the vineyards in the southern region. He is therefore an important connection between the field and the winemaking process, particularly during harvest.
Álvarez wrote his thesis, which focused on wine marketing, while he was working on the promotion and sale of wines in Chile for well-known wineries such as Casas del Bosque, Grupo San Pedro Tarapacá, and Grupo Concha y Toro. This allowed him to learn more about the industry and gain valuable experience for the work that he is currently doing at Viña Undurraga.
Originally from Santiago, he moved to Chile's Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region five years ago, after working for important wineries such as Cavas del Valle, Baron Phillipe de Rothschild, and Misiones de Rengo. His goal was to live in a place that was closer to the countryside and nature, where he could develop his second passion after fine wines: motorcycle racing. One of José’s greatest dreams is to tour Chile on his motorcycle, from the Andes to the Pacific Ocean and from north to south.
Known as “Pinto” by everyone at the winery, he is undoubtedly one of the people from Undurraga who travel the most within Chile. He is always looking for new grapes, especially for the T.H. line.
Roberto, a viticulturist who works in the Winemaking Department at Viña Undurraga, handles all of the grapes we buy from external growers from purchasing through to processing. He joined the company in 2007.
While training to become a viticulturist, he worked at Viña Carmen as Cellar Manager and Winemaker’s Assistant from 1993 to 1995. That undoubtedly triggered his interest in learning how to make wine and in the importance of ensuring that the grapes are of the best possible quality.
From 1996 to 2000, Roberto was part of Nativa, Chile’s first line of wines made from organic grapes. He was also responsible for the grapes used for the highest-end wines made by Viña Carmen, which were sourced from their own vineyards as well as those of external growers.
Between 2000 and 2001, he worked as Vineyard Manager at Macari Vineyards in New York. From 2002 until the time he joined Viña Undurraga, Roberto advised a number of well-known Chilean wineries, including Odfjell, Antiyal and Huelquén, on organic production.
He appreciates Chile’s geography and enjoys every one of his trips, especially those to the southern regions of the country
Roberto stands out because of his friendliness and empathy. He loves being able to travel, and is happy that his job enables him to travel and to work with people at all levels, from winery owners to the workers who harvest the grapes. For Roberto, each person has an important role in the process.