Chilean winemaker and professor Alejandro Hernández–often said to be the father of Chilean enology–was celebrated by the Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry Engineering yesterday in honor of his 50 year career as a professor of viticulture and enology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
Hernández trained many of the winemakers who are now the stars of the Chilean industry and founded his own winery–Portal del Alto–in 1971. He has also played a leading role in many national and international wine associations, such as Chile’s Asociación de Ingenieros Agrónomos Enólogos, the Cofradía del Vino, Vinos de Chile and the Corporación Chilena del Vino. He was also the first non-European president of the OIV (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin) and has been a much sought-after judge in international wine competitions.
The university announced the creation of the new Alejandro Hernández Scholarship in his honor.