Parra, 38, holds postgraduate degrees in agricultural science from universities in Montpellier and Paris. Now an assistant professor in the enology department of the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Parra's expertise is being plumbed by top wineries. His work has even spurred Viña Montes to tear out some Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted in the prime Apalta area and replace them with Syrah—an expensive proposition, as well as an intriguing one, considering that Apalta is one of Chile's top spots for Cabernet production.
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