Aurelio Montes del Campo was born in Santiago, Chile. He completed his high-school education in The Newland School. In 1994 he went to university to study Agronomy at Universidad Católica de Chile, where he also completed an advanced undergraduate course in winemaking. He graduated from college cum laude in 1999.
Early in his career as a winemaker, Aurelio travelled around the world to see the main wine-making regions. He gained extensive knowledge of and valuable experience in winery management and winemaking practices.
He returned to Chile in 2001 and joined Viña Ventisquero as assistant to Winemaker Felipe Tosso.
In 2007 he was invited to join Montes’ winemaking team as Winemaking Director. He worked at the Apalta winery, where Montes’ iconic and Alpha Premium wines are made. During those years, he created new wines and studied Montes’ terroir as part of a special 4-year project carried out with Pedro Parra, a world expert in this topic.
In 2011, Aurelio moved with his family to Mendoza, Argentina, to lead Montes’ winery in Argentina: Kaiken. He turned Kaiken into a symbol of high-quality in Argentina’s wine industry. Since his arrival in Mendoza, Aurelio has explored new terroirs and winemaking techniques. Biodynamics and sustainability are the building blocks of Kaiken’s practices.
Aurelio returned to Chile with his family at the beginning of 2016. He visits Mendoza regularly to support Kaiken’s viticulture and winemaking teams and assist them in the creation of great wines.