Matías Rivera, Head Winemaker
Matías is an Agronomist and Enologist. He graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago. He has been in the industry for over 14 years and is recogsnized as one of the best in the new generation of Chilean winemakers.
In 2007, Matías was awarded as "Winemaker of the Year" by the Circle of Gastronomical Journalists of Chile, for his excellent work reflected in the quality and consistency of its wines.
Matías joined Santa Helena on February 2008. The offer of taking in his hands both the General Management and its enological control -and therefore control the process from the vineyard to the brand creation in the external markets-, was too appealing a project for him.
Maite Hojas, Winemaker
Maite is an Agronomist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, having specialized in Enology. Then she got her Masters Degree in viticulture, winemaking and wine commercialization at the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid, Spain.
At an early stage in her career, she made two internships leading to obtaining her professional degree in Viña San Pedro. She was a winemaking assistant at that winery's main plant in Molina, Curicó. As part of her post-title degree she also made a professional practice at Escuela de la Vid, in Madrid, Spain.
Before joining Viña Santa Helena in 2004, Maite was with Viña de Martino in Chile, and spent a season working at La Crema Winery (owned by Kendall Jackson), in the Sonoma Valley, California; where she was a winemaking assistant in the premium winery.