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Let’s Talk Wine with Moretta & OWM Winemakers
September 14 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Enjoy a day of sip & learning with the winemakers of Moretta & OWM wines. The winemakers will be visiting Gardiner from Chile for one day only and we want to share this amazing experience of learning straight from the winemakers.
María José Ortúzar Alessandri earned a degree in agriculture and winemaking studies at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 2007. After graduating, she went to work for Viña Concha y Toro, where she helped produced the prestigious Don Melchor wine. But she was determined to get as much experience as she could and so she went to work harvests at Lawson´s Dry Hills in New Zealand, Kendall-Jackson at Monterey in the US, Yarra Burn in Australia, G.D.Vajra in Italy and Le Vins de Vienne in France. When she returned to Chile in 2010, she joined the Santa Rita Estates team as assistant winemaker for Nativa Eco wines. In 2014, she decided to take on a different challenge and moved into the commercial area at Santa Rita Estates, where she worked until 2018. As of 2019, she has worked full-time at Moretta Wines.
Natalia Poblete Saez earned a degree in agriculture and winemaking studies at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and then, in 2007, she worked her first harvest at Viña Cousiño Macul in Buin, near Santiago. Next she worked harvests at Atalon Winery in California and De Martino in Isla de Maipo, Chile. Then, in late 2008, she joined Santa Rita Estates as assistant winemaker at Viña Sur Andino. In 2011, she moved to William Cole Vineyards in the Casablanca Valley, where she worked as assistant winemaker until, in mid-2013, she decided it was time to expand her horizons. She headed off to travel the world in a trip that combined tourism, wine tourism, and winery work, visiting Europe, Asia and Australia, where she harvested grapes at the Shaw + Smith vineyards. She returned to Chile in mid-2014 and soon afterwards joined the team at the Casa Bauzá winery in Til Til, in the northern part of the Maipo Valley, as the head winemaker.
José Antonio Bravo von Bischoffshausen, Agronomist Winemaker, n ° reg. 871, College of Chilean Oenologists Agricultural Engineers. Educated at the University of Chile, he began his extensive winemaking experience working at Viña Concha y Toro, Undurraga, and Viña Haras de Pirque. In 2000 he moved to Mendoza (Argentina) where he worked for three years as chief winemaker at Bodega Tapiz, which belongs to the Kendall Jackson Wine Estate group. Later he traveled to Monterey (California) to join the Kendall Jackson winemaking team for three years, returning to Chile in 2006 and in the following 5 seasons he joined the Emiliana Organic Vineyards and Winery winemaking team as the winemaker responsible for Los Robles, where they produce wines. organic and biodynamic such as Coyam, Gê and Novas Signos de Origen. He has ventured into some parallel activities.
Jaime Nuñez Sunkel Agronomist trained at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, with a Postgraduate degree in Viticulture at the same university. With 13 years in charge of the family business in Santa Cruz, a property with 400 hectares and different crops, he is the fourth generation of the family that works linked to agriculture. His project produces different varieties of wine such as Petite Syrah, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Marselan and Touriga Nacional, and more traditional varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere and Syrah. Formed with different experiences in traditional and non-traditional fruit crops, today it is in a stage of expansion of premium vineyards of the project.