30 winemakers under 40 to watch (part two)

18. Aurelio Montes del Campo (37)

The son of Chilean wine pioneer Aurelio Montes, Aurelio Montes del Campo was destined for a life in wine. Graduating with a degree in oenology from the Catholic University of Chile, Montes clocked up winemaking stints at Rosemount Estate in the Hunter Valley, Cape Mentelle in Margaret River and Franciscan Estate in Napa before returning home to Chile to join Viña Ventisquero, where he learned the ropes before joining the family firm in 2007 as chief winemaker at the Apalta winery where flagship wine Montes Alpha is made.

Four years later, Montes hopped across the Andes to Mendoza to take the helm at Montes senior’s Argentina estate, Kaiken, where he works across the entire range, paying special attention to the production of traditional method sparkling wines and the development of biodynamic practices in the vineyard.

One Response to “30 winemakers under 40 to watch (part two)”

  1. john Rogers says:

    One of the most arrogant winemakers around! Boring High and mighty attitude from someone born into it rather than working for it!

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