Root: 1 wines are grown in Chile's most prestigious growing regions, with each varietal being produced in its ideal microclimate. The warm vineyards of the Colchagua and Maipo Valleys produce outstanding red wines, while the cool, coastal vineyards of the Casablanca Valley are world-renowned for award winning Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
Located between the massive Andes Mountains and low Coastal Mountains of the Pacific Ocean, the warm and dry vineyards of the Colchagua and Maipo Valleys are world renowned for producing outstanding red wines with rich color, full body and true varietal character. In this central region, the steep and rocky soil maintains moisture for the vines during the intense summer heat, while the Coastal Mountains temper the cool maritime influences of the Pacific.
Located along the Pacific coast of Chile, the Casablanca Valley is widely recognized as one of the best spots in the world for growing Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Maritime breezes keep temperatures cool, while bright daytime sun encourages a lengthy growing season. Sandy clay loam soils allow the naturally low-vigor vines to produce bright, tropical fruit flavors, while slow ripening ensures the development of natural sugars to balance the fruit’s characteristic acidity.
Sergio Hormazábal joined Root: 1 as Head Winemaker in January, 2009. With a master's degree in Viticulture and Enology from the ENSA on Montpellier, France, Sergio's previous experience includes seven years at Viñ a William Févre in the Maipo Alta region, and three years across various wineries in France, Northern Italy and Portugal. He also spent time as a research assistant at the Institut Coopératif du Vin in Langeudoc.
Sergio is admittedly a red wine man: “I love Cabernet with style and personality, mature Carmenere with typicity, and Syrah from all types of climates. I also like to try different vines and blends whenever I have the chance.”
Sergio is currently the President of Chile's Association of Winemakers.