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Not many children dream of a career turning grapes into wine, but João Pires knew from an early age he was headed for the vineyard. After completing a degree in winemaking in 2005, he went straight on to his very first vintage.
His expressive wines are critical acclaimed, catching the attention of Decanter who awarded one of his Portuguese classics an almost unheard of 97%-rating and platinum medal.
João's winemaking career is centred in the region where he was born and raised. The Douro native knows the land like the back of his hand and knows all the best grape-growing spots - he's involved in every aspect of winemaking, from hours tending the vines to bottling the wines, it's a labour of love.
One of the top winemaking talents in Sonoma, Ondine Chattan worked for famous US wineries, including Ridge Vineyards and Cline Cellars. She also spent decades overseeing the iconic Geyser Peak winery.
Geyser Peak was the long-time winemaking home of Naked legend Daryl Groom – and it’s where Ondine and him met. That was a decade ago, and they’ve been great mates ever since.
Ondine is awestruck by the wine community Angels have built – and she wants to help it grow. “I truly connect to people through the wines I make,” she said. “The stories of the growers, the vineyards, and the process behind the wine are as vital to me as grapes.”
A winemaking veteran, Cristian leaves no stone unturned when it comes to his process. You’ll find him picking grapes, maintaining the vineyards, blending wine and everything in between.
Involved with legendary projects such as Calyptra and Valle Secreto, he has the key to creating delicious wines by championing Chile’s unique appellations.
Cristian fell in love with the Cachapoal Valley a while back: ‘What amazes me is the great diversity of terroir you can find along the valley. This has given me the opportunity to learn from each terroir and microclimate, making the experience winemaking very rich, challenging, and fun!’