Alex Huber, Founder and Ceo
In 1999, Alex’s father invested a Chilean vineyard project. In 2001 Alex moved to Chile and joined the venture as CFO, and lived with his family on the vineyards in Maule and became fascinated with the business.
Alex argued that Chile’s key competitive advantage were its vineyards, so in 2007 the Huber family formed Invina, whose original focus was produce premium grapes in Maule to sell to other wineries.
Several properties were acquired, with a view of creating a project that reflected the diversity of the Maule Valley. New vineyards were planted, and old vineyards nurtured, applying modern planting and management techniques.
In 2012 the family decided to build a winery, and since then it has been a journey of discovery, finally able to appreciate the quality of the grapes produced by the vineyards.
Prior to Invina Alex was a management consultant at McKinsey in Brazil, and worked for 5 years for United Nations Peace Keeping Operations in Cambodia, Mozambique and Guatemala.
Alex Huber has a BS from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Alex enjoys jogging in the vineyards to stay fit and even more importantly to know what is going on at the vineyards.
Richard spent over 40 years in the financial services industry in USA, Latin America and Asia, holding senior positions with Bank of Boston, Citibank, Chase and Continental Bank, ending in Feb 2000 when he left the large insurance company, Aetna after several years as its Chairman, President & CEO.
Huber received an AB degree in Chemistry from Harvard, and served as an officer in the US Coast Guard. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and at some point could read about 1,000 Japanese kanji characters.
In 1957, Richard Huber took a year off from his chemistry studies at Harvard to study at the Instituto de la Graza in Seville, Spain. Here he grew to love the easy-going style of socializing over tapas and wine. Wine that often cost less than water.
Later in life, in the financial world, he became perplexed by the inconceivable prices he saw colleagues pay for wines that, in his opinion, did not have a better value proposition than the wines he enjoyed in Spain.
That laid the seeds for his vision about wine:
The quality of wine should be judged independent of its provenance and its abundance or scarcity.
Quality and Price should move in logical steps.
Benjamin Huber is a land and asset-intensive investor in South America in railroad equipment, farmland and mining in Brazil, Chile and the United States.
Ben joined Morgan Stanley after college and worked for the firm in New York, Tokyo and London. In 1989 he invested in and managed Teledata, a real-time financial and commodity quotes and news service in Brazil, which was later sold to Reuters. Later he entered the grain business with Cargill as a grain merchant and later managed Cargill’s Mercosur transportation infrastructure. After Cargill he joined Ferronorte to launch this newly-built railroad linking the Brazilian agricultural heartland to the ports. He returned to the United States to manage and develop international river transportation for American Commercial Barge Lines.
Ben is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Ben lived and worked in South America for 18 years and speaks Portuguese and Spanish. Currently he lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Catherine was pivotal during the company’s formative years, particularly in driving Invina´s project to upgrade the installations of the vineyards (when they were purchased the installations were minimal), Now Catherine is fully dedicated to her ceramics workshop.
2005-Present: Aku Neko Ceramic workshop, owner and instructor
1996: Prince Leopold Institut: Degree in Nursing for Tropical Diseases
1993-1996: International Committee of the Red Cross, Health-post nurse in Mozambique, Chiapas Mexico and Angola
1985-1993: Nurse in Lausanne, Switzerland