Today we welcome Aurelio Montes del Campo—son of founder Aurelio Montes Senior—to Vancouver.
Aurelio Jr. was born in Santiago, Chile and attended The Newland School. In 1994, he entered the Universidad Católica de Chile’s agronomy program, majoring in winemaking. He graduated with honors in 1999.
Aurelio Jr. traveled abroad to the world’s leading winegrowing appellations, where he acquired knowledge and experience of different viticulture practices and winery operations. In 2000, he worked at Rosemount and Cape Mentelle in Australia, fulfilling a variety of roles in the viticulture and winemaking areas. His next trip took him to the renowned Napa Valley in the USA, where he was involved in winemaking in different parts of the Franciscan Estate winery.
In 2001, Aurelio Jr. returned to Chile and joined Viña Ventisquero, working as assistant winemaker under Head Winemaker Felipe Tosso. In 2005, he took a year off winemaking to dedicate himself to social assistance work with street children through the “María Ayuda” Foundation. In 2006, he returned to the industry as a winemaker at Viña Ventisquero.
In 2007, Aurelio Jr. was invited to join the Montes winemaking team as Director of Winemaking working at the company’s Apalta winery, located in the Colchagua Valley, where Montes’ icon wines and Montes Alpha are produced. There, he was responsible for developing wines and undertaking a four-year study of the Montes terroir with Pedro Parra, an internationally recognized expert. Since 2011, Aurelio Jr. oversees Montes’ Kaiken project to enhance its reputation as a benchmark of quality in the Argentinean wine industry. Aurelio Jr. has experimented with new terroirs and winemaking practices, such as biodynamics.
Aurelio will be hosting a series of private wine tastings in Vancouver. Media spots are currently full, however if you are interested in future media opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.