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Winemaker Santiago Achával

Santiago Achával is a global leader in winemaking, and a pioneer in old-vine Malbec wines in Argentina with a passionate cult following. His winemaking career began in founding Achával- Ferrer in Argentina with Manuel Ferrer and Roberto Cipresso, achieving world renown in a few short years. He again joined Cipresso to start Matervini (“Mother of Wine” in Latin), also in Argentina, further exploring the Malbec from different places with different personalities. Santiago’s third endeavor is The Farm Winery, founded with Jim and Azmina Madsen in Paso Robles, California.

Wine Spectator, which named Santiago’s wine as the top 10 in the world in 2012, has honored him on their “Top 100” list six times, his Matervini Malbec the only Malbec to make that list in 2018. In their review of over 460 Argentine wines, the top three were all made by Santiago. He’s produced four of the five highest rated Malbecs in the history of Argentina; six of his wines have received 98 and 99 points from Wine Advocate (Robert Parker), and rated them 95 or higher over 18 times. Wine + Spirits named his eponymous property "Winery of the Year" based on blind tastings of more than 9,000 wines globally.

At Pre-Festival Private Tasting and Fireside Chat with Santiago Achával and Winemaker’s Dinner: Argentine Asado