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Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 Wine Star Awards: Francisco Baettig nominated for Winemaker of the Year.

Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 Wine Star Awards: Francisco Baettig nominated for Winemaker of the Year.

  • The winemaker and Technical Director of Viña Errázuriz, Seña and Viñedo Chadwick has been chosen as a finalist by prestigious U.S. magazine Wine Enthusiast in the category Winemaker of the Year.

  • Baettig is the only candidate from South America that conforms this selected group of five distinguished winemakers from all around the world.

  • Winners will be announced in the Wine Enthusiast’s special “Best of Year” issue, and they will be honored at a gala in Miami on January 30, 2017.

Francisco Baettig, winemaker and Technical Director of Errázuriz, and Seña, has been nominated for Winemaker of the Year by the prestigious U.S. magazine Wine Enthusiast, in its annual Wine Enthusiast 2016 Wine Star Awards. This outstanding nomination positions Baettig among the top winemakers of the world, and also crowns an exceptional career highlighted by his passionate hard work, always in a constant quest for making more distinctive wines, along with a deep commitment for searching and understanding the diversity of Chilean terroir.

A thrilled Francisco Baettig commented: “this nomination is a beautiful recognition that inspires me to keep on working in what is my passion, trying to create unique and distinctive wines that could stand out alongside world class wines. I wish to extend this recognition to the exceptional and unique winemaking team that works with me in this dream.”

According to Wine Enthusiast, “the winemaker for Chilean brand Viña Errázuriz is involved in Burgundian inspired “Grand Cru” plantings and creating iconic luxury wines from a country best known for value (…) for a distinctly Chilean flavor, and also producing quality Chardonnay.”

The Grand Cru planting that the publication refers to are located in Aconcagua Costa, a unique and extraordinarily beautiful property with cool-climate conditions and schist soil. After years of mapping and exploring the property, and with the collaboration of the French geologist Francoise Vannier-Petite, Viña Errázuriz identified specific blocks with a unique influence of this metamorphic rock in the soils, that along with specific climate conditions, yield grapes of exceptional distinctive minerality, flavours and aromas.

Francisco Baettig is up against winemakers from South Africa (Andrea Mullineux of Mullineux Family Wines), France (British Jonathan Maltus of Chateau Teyssier in Saint-Emilion) and USA (Bill Easton of Terre Rouge and David Ramey of Ramey Wine Cellars) with the winner taking out not only a trophy but the accolade represented by winning one of the world’s most prestigious award for the Winemaker of the Year category.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine was founded in 1988 and with 800,000 readers is regarded as the world’s largest periodical devoted exclusively to wine and spirits. Each year, Wine Enthusiast honors the individuals and companies that made outstanding achievements over the past year in the wine and beverage world.

Wine Star Awards are judged in categories ranging from Person of the Year, American, European and New World Wineries to Wine Region, Brewery and a number of trade awards. The winners of all the 14 categories of the 2016 Wine Star Awards will be announced in the Wine Enthusiast’s special “Best of Year” issue in November, and they will be honored at a black-tie gala in Miami on Monday, January 30, 2017, for the first time in the event’s history at Nobu Eden Roc.

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