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posted: 6/25/2014 4:10 PM

Chilean Winemakers In Lynfred Winery

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  • Lynfred Winery's Chilean winemakers, Rodrigo Gonzalez and Andres Basso. Lynfred Winery

    Lynfred Winery's Chilean winemakers, Rodrigo Gonzalez and Andres Basso. Lynfred Winery

Christina Anderson-Heller, Lynfred Winery

Imagine an urban Illinois winery with wines being made by Chilean winemakers. That is exactly what is happening at Lynfred Winery, located in Chicago's northwestern suburb of Roselle.

Lynfred Winery's Director of Winemaking, Andres Basso, hails from Chile. Growth in the winery lead Mr. Basso to bring in another Chilean winemaker. We are proud to welcome Rodrigo Gonzalez to our staff as Winemaker after over a decade and a half of winemaking experience in his native Chile. Rodrigo, a graduate of the University of Chile with a degree in Winemaking and a member of the Chilean College of Enologists, gained the majority of his experience as the Winemaker at Cremaschi Furlotti, located in Chile's Maule wine-growing region. Previously he worked at Casa Lapostolle and Viña Carmen, also in Chile.

At Cremaschi, many of Rodrigo's wines garnered prestigious international medals. His skills captured international attention by winning a "Great Gold Medal" from "Concours Mondial de Bruxelless 2013" for his 2011 Single Vineyard Carmenere. Rodrigo's excellent palate, talent and proven success at creating fine wines attractive to many international markets will be the perfect complement to Lynfred's winemaking styles and will help to continue to enhance our unique offerings. He is a valuable asset for our Lynfred family and you will enjoy discussing our wines with him when you have a chance.

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Lynfred Winery is the oldest and largest, continuously-operating, family winery in Illinois, producing over 70 varietals and 30,000 cases of fine wine per year. Since 1979 Lynfred Winery has offered guests the finest vintages, gourmet cuisine and luxurious lodging. Lynfred is truly one of Chicago's most unique attractions. Lynfred Winery also has tasting rooms located in Naperville, Wheaton and Wheeling.