Agustin Francisco Huneeus began his career in the wine business in 1989 after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, then relocated to his family’s native Chile where he was instrumental in developing and managing his family’s wine estates. After two years, he returned to California to become general manager of Estancia Estates. To expand his knowledge and skills, Huneeus received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, going on to join a branded consumer venture group, gaining management and marketing experience with several consumer product companies. By1996, Huneeus had joined his father at Franciscan Estates to lead the winery’s sales and marketing team.
In 2004, Huneeus began a new venture with his father, launching Huneeus Vintners, a company dedicated to building a portfolio of respected wine estates that includes Quintessa, Flowers, Faust and Illumination. Chief among these is Quintessa, founded in 1989 by his parents Agustin and Valeria. Today, this extraordinary estate reflects the family’s vision as the quintessential Napa Valley vineyard, producing one of the finest wines in the world.
Respecting family tradition, Agustin Francisco Huneeus served as honorary chair of Auction Napa Valley 2016, twenty years after his father Agustin Huneeus held the same role in Napa Valley’s most distinguished charity event.