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Origins

We were born of the imagination

History

The Caiquén is a wild goose from Patagonia that flies across The Andes between Argentina and Chile. By embarking on this cross-border flight the Caiquén takes up a major challenge.

Just like the Caiquén, Aurelio Montes, founder of the Chilean winery Bodega Montes, made several trips across the Andes until, in 2000 he rediscovered Mendoza as a generous land filled with superb vines and hardworking people. In 2001 he realized Mendoza was the perfect place to make Kaikén Wines, wines that embody everything a great wine ought to be.

Our People

Kaiken wines are only made by free-spirited and highly experienced professionals.

 

Aurelio Montes Jr.

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.

Rogelio Rabino

Winemaker

Rogelio Rabino was born in the city of Mendoza, Argentina and attended the Don Bosco School. He graduated from the School of Agrarian Sciences at the University of Cuyo in 2007 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. He has continued his studies by participating in various post-graduate programs, courses, and seminars related to viticulture and enology.

Before joining Kaiken, Rogelio was the Viticulture and Enology Manager at Finca Sophenia for seven years and has also collaborated in the agricultural area of Viñas de Alto Salvador, which makes organic wines. He has also worked at the Rural Development Institute, making harvest forecasts, farm and zone reports, and working with the viticultural data network. He also taught Enotechnology I and Enological Practices at the IES-9-015 Institute for Higher Learning in the Uco Valley.

Rogelio participated in the 2009 crush season at Le Bon Pasteur, which until recently belonged to Michel Rolland in Pomerol, France, and in 2013 he visited châteaux in Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire.

At Kaiken Rogelio will manage the winery’s three estates—called fincas—and use micro-vinifications to develop new varieties and terroirs in Argentina. He will also certify the standards of quality and position the production of high-end wines in the national and international markets.

Gustavo Hörmann

Viña Montes Winemaker

Gustavo Hörmann was born in Santiago, Chile, in March 1975 and graduated in 2000 from Universidad Católica de Chile as Agronomist with a Major in what became his passion; Viticulture and Enology, obtaining the best score of his generation in the graduation exam.

During his time at University, he was responsible for organizing and coordinating the “Sensory Evaluation Workshops” held as part of the Wine Diploma course presented by the  School of Agronomy and Forestry.

In 2002 he worked during harvest at Viña Montes, where he developed a close relationship with founder Aurelio Montes who, among other things, advised him in his travels to premiere wine growing areas around the world.

In 2004 Gustavo joined the Chilean Winemaker`s Association winning the “Best Chilean Enologist Exam” award.

In 2005 Aurelio Montes invited Gustavo to join Montes, where he was his right hand conducting day to day operations at the winery and managing Montes technical team and cellar.

In January of 2016, Gustavo moved with his family to Mendoza where he is responsible for Kaiken, Montes winery in Argentina.

Gustavo loves body boarding, is a good tennis and soccer player and now is testing his abilities as a golf player.

Gustavo has dedicated an important part of his life to social work. Together with his mother, he founded “Casa de Emmaus” and he is also  founder of PAS Corporation (Professionals for Social Action) in the Colchagua Valley where young professionals that want to do social work can fulfill their aspirations.

Gustavo is married and has two children.