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Institutional Structure

There are various bodies with set roles which act independently of one another. The governance, updating, and administration of the Code are the responsibility of Vinos de Chile through the Vinos de Chile R+D Consortium. The audits and certification decisions are the responsibility of certification agencies authorized by Vinos de Chile. As such, the technical decision to certify is completely externalized, but the general review of the process and granting of the certificate remains with Vinos de of Chile.

Vinos de Chile

This body is responsible for governance and approves the changes made to the Code that are proposed by the Standards and Superior Committees. This is the agency that issues the Sustainability Code certificates.

Superior Committee

This technical body ensures the transparency and consistency of the process through a quarterly review of the certification system. It also acts as a technical instance for recommendation for improvements to the Code, especially in regard to certification criteria and rules on certification appeals in the second instance.

Its members represent different interests, and no one member takes predominance over another in order to maintain a balance of opinions and points of view. This Committee is composed of the following members:

Dante Pesce Director, Engagement Center   Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Elena Carretero Manager of Corporate and Sustainability Matters  Viña Santa Rita
Inés Urquiaga   Director, Communication and Information Unit  Pontificia Universidad Católica
Mario Pablo Silva General Manager     Viña Casa Silva
Yerko Moreno Director, Grape and Wine Center     Universidad de Talca
Marcelo Pino   Professional Sommelier
Standards Committee

This committee is responsible for reviewing and proposing regulatory changes to the Code requirements (standard and checklist) and the certification criteria. The committee is composed of members representing various interests and no member may take predominance over another. The members are:

Rodrigo Constandil Quality Management and Sustainability Viña Miguel Torres
Jimena Balic Enologist, R+D Viña Santa Carolina
Sergio Gallardo Assistant Manager of Quality Cristalerías Chile
Valentina Lira Assistant Manager of Sustainability Viña Concha y Toro
Lilian San Martin Sustainabilty Manager and Enologist Viña Casa Silva
Roxana Araya Quality Management and Sustainability Viña Veramonte
Sebastian Tramon Sustainabilty Manager Viña Emiliana
Cristian Carranza Commercial Director Ecocert Chile
Natalia Brossard PhD, Agronomist – Enologist Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
School of Agricultural and Forest Sciences
Marcelo Lorca Agricultural Manager Viña Aresti

Technical Unit

This unit is responsible for the administration of the Code and is the body that interacts with the wineries, certification agencies, and auditors. It also oversees development and training activities.

Certification Bodies

The Certification Bodies (CB) are responsible for regular certification decisions and for the certification companies registered with Vinos de Chile. These decisions are made with the support of the structure of the certification agency and may come under the purview of a Certification Official or other body that the certifier has for this purpose, such as its own certification committee.
The CBs must form part of the certification agency registry, have ISO 65 or equivalent accreditation, and pass a course on the Code

All Code auditors must be trained by Vinos de Chile and conduct at least one test audit before beginning to audit directly. The professionals have the skills necessary to assess agricultural issues, the winemaking process, and the corporate environment.