About the Winemaker
Meinard was born and grew up in The Netherlands. He likes to travel, and on one of his trips he arrived to Chile in 1995, and has never left again. He now regards himself as more Chilean than Dutch.
After completing his study at the Universidad Católica in Santiago, he traveled to Montpellier and Geisenheim (Germany) to obtain a master’s degree in Viticulture and Enology. Back in Chile, and having worked several years at a small vineyard and winery, running everything from viticulture to barrel repair and sales, he was ready for a bigger challenge in 2016. Since the only two Sauvignon Blancs he had ever made obtained 90 points from Wine Spectator and having been called by Tim Atkin as one of “the younger generation of winemakers [that] is taking the country to new levels,” the decision to hire him at Casas del Bosque was an obvious one.
He’s one of the few winemakers who feels more confident in the vineyard than in the cellar, is fluent in six languages, enjoys riding -and occasionally crashes- a motorcycle and loves good food and classical music.