- BRONZE (2013) International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
- COMMENDED (2013) Sommelier Wine Awards 2015
About the wine maker
Primus wines are crafted by a team of expert viticulturists and winemakers, led by winemaker, Rodrigo Soto, who is from Chile but spent more than 6 years in the US working with the Benziger family.
Rodrigo Soto recently took over the role as Chief Winemaker for Primus wines. Born in Chile, Rodrigo brings a wealth of international winemaking experience. He has worked in different wine regions around the globe, including Maipo, San Antonio/Leyda and Aconcagua apellations in Chile, Malborough in New Zealand, as well as Sonoma and Napa Valley in the US. His experiences have allowed him to develop a keen understanding of terroir, honing his winemaking skills and fueling his passion to produce high quality wines that express a sense of place.
Rodrigo recently returned to Chile after spending 6 years as head winemaker at the well-known Benziger Winery in Sonoma. While there, he led the winemaking program for their vineyard-designated wines that focus on capturing the character of each place and varietal. During this time, he also expanded their Biodynamic program, and worked closely with growers to implement farming practices aligned with this concept.
Alvaro Espinoza is a ‘Consulting Winemaker’, one of the world’s most respected winemakers, widely known as an innovator and champion of some of Chile’s best red wines has been working with the Primus winemaking team since 2006.
Alvaro pioneered biodynamic and organic farming practices in Chile. He was named “Personality of the Year” by Decanter Magazine’s International Wine Challenge in 2007.
Rodrigo and Alvaro work closely with our vineyard teams to continually refine vineyard and winery practices that deliver rich ripe fruit with complexity, intensity and distinctiveness – qualities that define the Primus wines.
Rodrigo Soto joined as Chief Winemaker in 2012 and began to put even more focus on the vineyards and sustainable farming; he is a committed advocate of biodynamic practices. All the vineyards are now farmed without the use of herbicides and chemical products, replaced with natural solutions such as cover crops and organic fertilisers. The company’s organic certification process will be completed by 2017 for all 680 hectares in Casablanca and Colchagua. The biodynamic philosophy has now reached the winery: fermentations are now carried out using the vineyards native yeasts, producing less aggressive fermentations and smoother, well-integrated wines.