WINES OF THE HUNEEUS FAMILY
AGUSTIN FRANCISCO HUNEEUS
Agustin Francisco Huneeus, owner/partner of Huneeus Vintners, began his formal career in the wine business in 1989. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Agustin Francisco relocated to his family’s native Chile where he was instrumental in developing and managing Caliterra and Errazuriz, at that time imported to the US by his family. After two years running the companies Chilean export operation, Agustin Francisco returned to California to become general manager of Estancia Estates.
To expand his knowledge and skills, Agustin Francisco received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He then joined San Francisco-based Hambrecht & Quist as an associate in the branded consumer venture group, gaining management and marketing experience with several consumer product companies.
Agustin Francisco joined his father at Franciscan Estates in 1996 to lead the winery’s sales and marketing team. After selling the company to Constellation Brands, Inc. in 1999, he stayed on in the role of President and CEO. Agustin Francisco is responsible for crafting the super-premium image of the Franciscan Estates portfolio, now re-named Icon Estates, and overseeing a period of substantial growth.
In 2004, Agustin Francisco left Constellation to pursue a new venture with his father. The two Huneeus's launched Huneeus Vintners, a company dedicated to building a portfolio of fine wine estates in which they have an ownership stake.