Casas del Bosque winemaking team is responsible for the consistency and the quality of our wines. In addition, they print a distinctive stamp to all our lines, which has allowed to obtain multiple awards granted by increasingly demanding critics, both in Chile and abroad.
Born and raised in Viña del Mar, he holds the title of Biologist specialized in Microbiology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, and a Master in Winemaking and Viticulture from the Universidad de Chile. José Ignacio has conducted harvests in Chilean wineries such as Veramonte (Casablanca), Santa Rita (Palmilla), Concha y Toro (Puente Alto and Limarí), and in foreign countries such as Villa María in New Zealand (Marlborough). He later joined the team of Viñedos Familia Chadwick, where he worked as winemaker for six years.
On July 2021 he joined Casas del Bosque to work with the team led by Alberto Guolo, contributing with his vast experience in the vinification of red varieties and also with his micro biology background, improving both the efficiency and quality of our winemaking processes.
With more than 25 years of experience in the international wine industry, Sam Harrop MW, a New Zealander Master of Wine, joins Casas del Bosque team to share his knowledge, expertise and holistic vision of the wine business to help us maximize the potential of our vineyard whilst guiding us towards an increasingly sustainable and authentic approach.
Sam began his career in the early 1990’s as a winemaker in New Zealand, training at Villa Maria and Esk Valley Estate. Later he gained further experience in California (Littorai Wines) and Australia (Rosemount Estate – pre Southcorp takeover). Since then he has only added experience and knowledge through his activities.
Sam is excited about this challenge with Casas del Bosque where he seem huge potential to help the talented and international winemaking team (headed up by Alberto Guolo), shape the wine styles to maximize a unique sense of place/ expression, from the cool climate vineyards of the magical Casas del Bosque estate.
Hernán has worked as Consultant Winemaker in the field of sparkling wines at Casas del Bosque since 2015. He has more than 28 years of experience in the industry in viticulture and enology.