The Proust Questionnaire: Adolfo Hurtado

Adolfo Hurtado is chief winemaker of Cono Sur. He lives in Santiago, Chile, with his wife and four children.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Relaxing in a secluded spot in the countryside with good food, my family around me and my bicycle near by.

What is your greatest fear?

To lose what I have.

Which living person do you most admire?

The Pope – his connection with God is so strong.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I’m the most common guy you could meet, but I did spend £5,000 on a mountain bike once.

What is your current state of mind?

Optimistic – I’m always looking to the future and pushing for more. I believe you can achieve anything you set your mind to with hard work.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Super, it’s in your hands.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My daughter, Constanza.

When and where were you happiest?

Riding my bike along the beach on a quiet Sunday morning.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I’m a frustrated singer, I’d love to be able to sing like Julio Iglesias.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d like an extra few centimetres of height.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Creating my family.

Where would you most like to live?

A city with a beach – Barcelona.

What is your most treasured possession?

My health.

What is your most marked characteristic?

Passion, and being a workaholic.

Who are your favorite writers?

Isabel Allende, Ken Follett and Ildefonso Falcone.

Who is your hero of fiction?

Superman.

What is it that you most dislike?

Blood. I’m terrified of it. I faint if I ever have to have an injection.

Who would be your ideal dinner party guests and what wines would you serve them?

Napoleon, Patsy Kensit and Mr. Spock – I’d serve them JJ Prum Mosel Riesling and Domaine Jacques Prieur Pinot Noir.

What is your greatest regret?

Not living abroad in my youth. I would have liked to have lived in Spain.

What is your motto

Live each day as if it were your last.

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