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Concha y Toro veteran becomes new Cono Sur CEO

Former Trivento CEO Thomas Domeyko joins the Chilean wine producer as its new chief executive officer.

Giancarlo Bianchetti has left the position of CEO of Cono Sur, which he held for just six months (October 2023 – April 2024) to focus on his family business.

Bianchetti joined Cono Sur from fellow Concha y Toro producer Bonterra Estates in California, following “an exceptional 12 year tenure” of the organic winery, according to Eduardo Guilisasti Gana, Concha y Toro SA’s chief exec.

He will continue working for Cono Sur as a consultant for its Research and Innovation Centre, which opened in Chile’s Maule Region in 2014, while also focusing on his personal family enterprise. The centre covers everything from genetic research and sustainability to finding ways of using AI to simulate fermentations and predict yields.

Replacing him is Thomas Domeyko, who has extensive experience in the wine world after working for Concha y Toro for 30 years, in several different areas of the business.

Domeyko’s career with the company began in corporate finance in 1994, before heading up Argentine producer Bodega Trivento as CEO in 1997, a position he held for four years.

In 2001 Domeyko became export director for Concha y Toro’s Northern Zone, transitioning to corporate export director, Northern Zone, in 2010 and then onto corporate distribution director in 2018.

Now assuming the title of Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery CEO, Domeyko will bring his “team-building management style” to develop the Chilean producer as a leading brand in the wine industry.

Cono Sur, which is known for its flock of grazing geese in its vineyards, has pioneered sustainable practices in Chile over the last few decades, achieving its first organic certification in 2003, Wines of Chile sustainable certification in 2013 and B Corp accreditation in 2021.

Parent company Concha y Toro revealed at COP28 in December 2023 that it’s on track to achieve net zero emissions 10 years earlier than expected – by 2040 instead of 2050 – due to its recent work on the issue.

Cono Sur is Chile’s third-largest producer, with 1,344 hectares under vine in regions including Bío-Bío and Aconcagua. Its wines are present in more than 85 markets.

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