Grape grower and winemaker
Meinard came to Chile nearly twenty years ago on a wayward adventure and found himself sticking around. After several years of enjoying the country’s wine, he imagined himself as a winemaker and embarked upon the journey it required. He went to study at Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, where his diligence and motivation led him to graduate as the top student in the Faculty of Agronomy. From there, he completed a master’s degree in Europe along with a few harvests in Germany and France, and then returned to Chile in 2009. Before coming to Lagar in 2011, he worked in two large wineries that led him to realize his appreciation for the personal, artisanal winemaking setting of smaller wineries.
Named by Tim Atkin MW as one of “the younger generation of winemakers [that] is taking the country to new levels,” we feel proud to have him realizing his dreams at Lagar de Bezana. He can be often found roaming the grounds with a harvest intern, a cellar worker or the vineyard manager, patiently and thoughtfully explaining the intricacies of some part of viticulture or enology. In the moments when he does escape making wine, he might be riding his motorcycle, sharing a rich meal with vibrant conversation between friends or making a soothing pot of tea with a smoldering fire, a book and Bach.
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