Rodrigo Zamorano, Chief Winemaker, has been working within Viña Errazuriz since 2007 where he held the position of assistant winemaker for three seasons, before moving to Errazuriz's El Descanso facility in 2009 where he was Chief Winemaker in charge of the company's white wines. Rodrigo was born in Viña del Mar in 1979. He has strong ties to France, having lived there for 6 years as a child, and, after returning to Chile, attending the French International School in Santiago. In 2005 he graduated from the University of Chile with a degree in Agricultural Engineering, specialising in Oenology. In January the same year he began his Master's in Montpellier in France with a brief stint at the University of Bordeaux. At the same time he earned the title of Oenologist from the OIV (Diplome National d'Oenologie). It was on his return to Chile in early 2007 that he began working for Errazuriz. Zamorano is passionate about using his knowledge and experience in order to make wines under the sustainable philosophy. On this point, Zamorano says, "From my point of view, sustainability must be central to the winemaking cycle. When I arrived at Caliterra I was impressed by the enthusiasm and passion that had been applied to the concept since the beginning. Besides being the pioneer in the creation of the Chilean sustainability code, which guides all decisions at the vineyard, Caliterra is constantly working on finding new technologies and methodologies to be in line with this code and that can help us to improve the quality of our wines. I fully identify with this and therefore, sustainability is, and always will be, the modus operandi in every action we take.
Mario Oliva, Viticulturalist - Mario holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering specialized in winemaking from the University of Chile. He began his career in 2005 and has been responsible for many different projects in major wineries through different valleys in Chile, such as Colchagua (Santa Rita Winery), Limarí (Tamaya Winery), and Apalta (Carmen and Santa Rita Winery). Over the years, Mario learned to develop different vineyard zones and organize teams using precision agricultural technology and various clones and rootstocks; including icon-quality vineyard management. This variety of experience has reaffirmed his passion for viticulture and his understanding of the importance of the work done in the field to produce high quality wines.
“I am very happy and motivated to be able to demonstrate my passion for wine and sustainable management. Through combining my work with the environment, the respect for people, involving the community, and engaging in true teamwork, especially in a place as beautiful and special as Caliterra. The first time one arrives here, you realize the tremendous potential of the sub-valley where the winery is located, and understand why it is possible to produce wines of the highest quality and still ruled by a sustainable philosophy. It is really a unique opportunity to be here”, says Mario.