Since its beginnings, Botalcura Winery was formed thanks to the passion of 2 men. Juan Fernando Waidele, Chilean businessman and wine lover, has always felt a special connection to a charming little town called Botalcura in Maule Valley. Philippe Debrus, French winemaker, arrived to Chile in search of something new; the challenge was not only to contribute with his experience in producing crafted wines, but to stamp them with his own personal style, throughout creativity and dedication. The encounter of these entrepreneurs in the year 2000 sealed the character of what we know today as Botalcura Winery; the purpose of its creation goes beyond the production of the best wines in Chile, but also to pour this same passion in everything we do and by this, share the results of the love we have for our job, for our town and for our wines.
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Philippe Debrus has always been connected to winemaking. Coming from a French family who owned their vineyards, Philippe spent his youth surrounded by vines and made his family’s winery his own play yard. This is how winemaking became more than a calling… it just runs in him.
After years of working in different French wineries, he longed for something new and became determined to find it. He goes to Sonoma, US, but it’s our South American country, Chile, the perfect place to pursue his own projects. His challenge went beyond contributing with his experience in producing crafted wines, but to stamp them with his own personal style, throughout creativity and dedication.
In the year 2000 Philippe meets Juan Fernando Waidele, a Chilean entrepreneur who had an important thing in common with him: passion for wine. A great reason to start Botalcura Winery, a project which stands on the passion both partners felt for wine and the need to create great quality wines of unbeatable character.
Adventurous and with the concept of innovation at the front of all his ideas, Philippe is known for being a pioneer in every single one of his proposals. No wonder he’s been called Mr.Pinot Noir or Mr. Cabernet Franc, for being the first winemaker to work with these varieties in Chilean terroir.
Along his 30 years of experience, Philippe has obtained near to 400 awards, which is important to outstand being the creator of the First Chilean Icon Wine in 1996, 2 Vinexpo trophies in 1998 (something unique in this contest), best innovative Winestyle in 1996 with our Nebbiolo and best oenologist of Maule Region in 2007.