Our Team

The CRI is led by a Board of Directors chaired by Rafael Guilisasti (Vice Chairman, Viña Concha y Toro), supported by an advisory team comprising Blanca Bustamante (Chief of Corporate Communications, Concha y Toro), Héctor Urzúa (Chief Enologist at Concha y Toro’s Lourdes Wine Cellar), and Carlos Valdivia (Assistant Manager, New Projects, Concha y Toro).

The professional team is organized in four groups led by the Assistant Manager, R+D, Álvaro Gonzalez, Ph.D., the Assistant Manager, Operations, Jorge Zincker, the Head of Technological Management and Administration, Alejandro Donoso, MBA and the winemaker Sergio Manzano in charge of the Experimental Cellar, who are supported by a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, agronomists-oenologists, chemists and biologists.

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Gerard Casaubon Cruzat

Director of the Center for Research and Innovation

An internationally renowned agronomist-enologist from Chile’s Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC), Casaubon’s credentials include postgraduate degrees in Sensory Science and Consumer Behavior Studies, a M.Sc. from Chile’s Universidad Adolfo Ibañez and a UC Davis Diploma.

Álvaro González Rojas

Deputy Director of Research and Development (R+D)

An agronomist-enologist from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC), González earned his PhD in Agricultural Sciences at the Faculty of Agriculture & Forestry, and served as an adjunct professor while pursuing postdoctoral research for the Department of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering (2012-2014).

Jorge Zincker

Operations Assistant Manager

A Chemist at Universidad de Chile, Zincker is also post-graduate in viticulture and oenology. He has 15 years of experience in the wine industry, in service and research laboratories and in oenology and quality areas.

Mauricio Lolas Caneo

Scientific Advisor

After earning a degree in Agronomy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Lolas went on to earn an MScat Oregon State University, USA, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of London, UK (2001). Today he is an Associate Professor at the Agricultural Sciences Faculty, School of Agriculture at the University of Talca.

Edmundo Bordeu Schwarze

Scientific Advisor

An agronomist with University of Chile (1971), Bordeu earned his PhD at UC Davis (1990). Further qualifications include a National Diploma in Enology and Professional Wine Tasting Diploma from the University of Bordeaux 2 (1978). Bordeu is currently the Undergraduate Director in the Faculty of Agriculture & Forestry at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

Dietrich Von Baer Von Lochow

Scientific Advisor

A biochemist at Chile’s University of Concepción (1976), Von Baer earned his PhD in Agricultural Sciences at the U. Christian Albrecht, in Kiel, Germany (1980). He returned to Chile, where he serves as Director of the Department of Instrumental Analysis at his alma mater, the University of Concepción.