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Carmen appoints new winemaker

Published:  11 May, 2017

Chilean winery Viña Carmen has appointed a new winemaker – Emily Faulconer - as part of a strategy to ‘reinstate’ the value of the terroir.

Taking on her new role 1st June, Faulconer will be working on new innovations with a focus on producing wines with “their own identity” and will be leading all the winery’s oenological projects under the Carmen brand.

Faulconer takes over from Sebastian Labbé and as such will also be responsible for the continuation and strengthening of international projects initiated by her predecessor.  

The appointment follows Faulconer, 32, having undertaken “several successful” projects in Chile, France, New Zealand and the US, said Eduardo Alemparte, vitiviniculture manager of Santa Rita Estates, the group that includes Viña Carmen.

“ Emily is young, energetic and a passionate winemaker with wide experience working with a variety of different terroirs and, despite her relatively young age, she has already achieved considerable recognition and I truly believe she will become one of Chile's most important oenologists,” he said.

An agricultural engineer, Faulconer has a diverse number of experiences under her belt, including leading the planning, operation and execution of the viticulture and oenological work of Viñedos Alcohuaz.

In addition, she has also worked in wineries in the United States (Cakebread Cellars), New Zealand (Trinity Hill Winery) and France (Chateau Canon), as well having previously worked as chief winemaker in Viña Arboleda, leading the viticulture and winemaking areas, focusing on the production of fine wines with a sense of origin.

With the input of its new winemaker, Viña Carmen would continue to promote the development of “different, unique yet recognizable” wines, which had led it to position itself as one of the most innovative wineries in the country, added Alemparte.