Chile’s entire wine industry was shocked and saddened yesterday to hear of the tragic and untimely death of Diego García de la Huerta, 37, the manager and winemaker of Viña Sutil in the Colchagua Valley.
García de la Huerta, an experienced pilot, took off from La Serena with three friends, Felipe Eguiguren, Sebastián Pérez, and Ricardo Marín, on the morning of Monday, January 12, 2010. The small plane went down shortly thereafter for reasons as yet unknown and was discovered in La Cachina, 22 km inland from the coast. There were no survivors.
Diego García de la Huerta, who worked at Viña Sutil for 12 years, will be sorely missed in the Chilean winemaking community. We at Wines of Chile offer our sincerest condolences to his family and particularly to his wife, Pilar Rojas, and their three children.