Agrelo region, in Luján de Cuyo, stands at the foothills, in the highest area of Mendoza River.
It is there; surrounded by dry soil, radiant sunshine, cool nights and pure water from Los Andes, where the Malbec finds the appropriate place for its natural needs. These unique characteristics, together with our workers’ hard labour, allow us to obtain wines with a distinctive personality, aromatic concentration, notable structure and an elegant wine finish.
“When defining our terroir, we not only refer to dry soil, radiant sunshine, cool nights and pure water from Los Andes, but also to the attitude of the people working in the vineyards and wineries. From their workplaces, each of them represents with responsibility and compromise, the communion of human effort with nature; that is our terroir.” Ignacio Aristi.
Great solar exposure, especially at the end of the grapes ripening cycle, combined with cool nights, render a high thermal amplitude of nearly 15ºC, which guarantees the best conditions for the ripening processes and the achievement of aromatic substances.
Mendoza is, by nature, a desert irrigated by permanent snow thaw from Los Andes Mountains. This is vital, since rainfalls are very scarce; around 200 mm a year.
Winds from the South and Southeast are predominant in the region. Occasionally, “El Zonda”, a dry and hot wind, blows from the Northeast. Extremely healthy environmental conditions for the grapevine.
Los Andes range, which is a natural barrier for the Pacific Ocean cloudiness, together with the South breeze and the dry climate, give way to the predominance of sunny, clear days; these conditions are most favorable for the photosynthesis processes and complex aromatic substances.
The mineral disintegration from the mountain range is carried by water and ice, to form organically poor, sandy layers which drain easily, thus rendering ideal conditions for our high quality wines.
LAS NAZARENAS VINEYARD
This 25 hectares vineyard is a most valuable winegrowing legacy. The Malbec vines were planted in 1923, using the furrow irrigation system.
In 2003, the plantation of the Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot varieties was carried out, taking advantage of soils where vineyards had existed long before. A thorough study and selection of clones was made, in order to choose the most suitable ones for the area environmental conditions.
The harvest is carried out manually; the grapes are placed directly into 18 k boxes, and taken to the winery. A first selection is made in the vineyard; then, a second one takes place at the winery.
The fact that all the vineyards stand within a one kilometer radius is an advantage to our efforts in having the grapes get into the winery at its best maturity stage; also, we can benefit from the morning low temperatures.