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Plane Crash Claims Life of Chilean Winemaker Diego García de la Huerta

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.

12 Responses to “Plane Crash Claims Life of Chilean Winemaker Diego García de la Huerta”

  1. Mark Soto says:

    Our condolences to his lovely family from the DeSoto, family here in Miami Florida ,USA. Mr,Diego Garcia will always be in our hearts. An angel is on the sky. May he rest on peace!!

  2. Matt Wilson says:

    Very sad news. Diego was a great guy, always friendly and a top personality of the Chilean wine industry.

  3. Michael Cox says:

    I am deeply saddened to learn of this tragic death. From the very first time I visited the winery in 2003, and played an epic game of snooker with him at the La Playa Hotel, Diego has always been typically friendly and helpful and a real Chilean character. We will all miss him, and my prayers are with his family

  4. Adios Diego, suerte a donde vas y gracias por haber compartido con nosotros parte de tu vida. Nuestras sinceras condolencias a tu familia, en particular a Pilar.

    Gonzalo Arellano y familia
    Compañero Agronomia U. Mayor

  5. I am very sad!
    We lost a great guy and a very good professional .
    Our condolences to his family from Brasil.
    Diego will be always in our minds.

  6. We are very shock by this news. Just one year ago we meet him in Colchagua, we were flying with him. We made a photo impression of the flight.

    Visit the link:
    http://www.wijnplein.nl/2008chile_vliegtuig.php

    Paula Pereira and Jan Rook
    Flying Wine Writers

  7. We publish about the tragic accident in both websites: http://www.flyingwinewriter.com and http://www.wijnplein.nl

    Is a big lost for his family and for the Chilean wine industry.

    Jan Rook and Paula Pereira
    Flying Wine Writers
    http://www.wijnplein.nl
    http://www.flyingwinewriter.com

  8. Is a big loss for his family and for the Chilean wine industry.

    We publish about the tragic accident on both websites: http://www.flyingwinewriter.com and http://www.wijnplein.nl

    Jan Rook and Paula Pereira
    Flying Wine Writers
    http://www.wijnplein.nl
    http://www.flyingwinewriter.com

  9. Is a big loss for his family and for the Chilean wine industry.

    We publish about the tragic accident on both websites: http://www.wijnplein.nl and http://www.flyingwinewriter.com

    Jan Rook and Paula Pereira
    Flying Wine Writers
    http://www.wijnplein.nl
    http://www.flyingwinewriter.com

  10. Jan Rook says:

    Is a big loss for his family and for the Chilean wine industry.

    We publish about the tragic accident on both websites: http://www.wijnplein.nl and http://www.flyingwinewriter.com

    Jan Rook and Paula Pereira
    Flying Wine Writer
    http://www.wijnplein.nl
    http://www.flyingwinewriter.com

  11. Wil says:

    For Diego’s family, wife and kids :

    May you always remember that the source Love from which we are all created for ever enlightend our being.

    God bless

  12. Flemming Aero says:

    Our condolences to the Sutil family. Diego was a great guy. Thanks for the good times we have spend together at La Playa as well as in Denmark.
    Rest on peace.

    Marianne and Flemming Aero from Denmark

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