Meinard Jan Bloem, Head Winemaker, Universidad Católica, Chile
Patricio Aravena, Assistant Winemaker, Universidad Católica, Chile
Grant Phelps, Consultant Winemaker & Brand Ambassador, Universidad
Lincoln, New Zealand
Hernán Amenabar, Consultant Winemaker, Universidad Católica, Chile
The winemaking staff is formed by the following professionals who are all committed to the Casas del Bosque Project:
Meinard Jan Bloem:
In September 2016, Meinard arrived from The Netherlands as Head Winemaker. He studied Agronomy in Chile then obtained a Master’s Degree in Viticulture and Enology from the Research Institutes of Montpellier, France and Geisenheim, Germany, before returning to Chile in 2009. He has worked for several years as both grape grower and winemaker before joining our team in 2016. He is in charge of interpreting the conditions at Casas del Bosque vineyards in Casablanca to make wines with consistent quality and unique style.
Patricio has a degree in Agronomy and gained valuable experience working in vineyards and cellars in Chile, Australia and California. He started at Casas del Bosque in 2015, in charge of personnel and cellar procedures as well as overseeing the external producers of grapes.
In January 2010, the New Zealander, Grant Phelps came to work as Chief Winemaker at the vineyard. He holds a masters degree in Oenology and Viticulture and has worked in important vineyards in countries such as Australia, Argentina, California, Hungary, New Zealand and Oregon. Currently he is our Consultant Winemaker and Brand Ambassador and he works together with Meinard Jan Bloem.
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.
The four winemakers at Casas del Bosque are in charge of maintaining the consistency quality of the wines. They have created wines with unique character, which has led them to win many awards over the years, both in Chile and in the most demanding markets around the world.