Welcome to Argentina...
Juan Ignacio Belasco was born in Viana, Spain, to a family of distillers that, dating back to 1831, carved a niche in the production of Pacharan, a slow berry-anise liqueur. In the late 1980's, Juan Ignacio entered the wine business by purchasing vineyards and building a winery in the Navarra region of Spain. In the early 1990’s, Juan Ignacio became infatuated with the Malbec variety of grapes. With the assistance of renowned wine consultant and former Mouton Rothschild head winemaker Bertrand Bourdil (awarded three 100-point scores from Robert Parker for his Mouton Rothschild vintages 1982, 1986 and 1988), explored Argentina for more than a decade in search for exceptional vineyards to create equally exceptional Malbec wines. They eventually discovered and purchased 222 acres of old vine Malbec vineyards, owned by an Italian family who sold their grapes under contract to the surrounding wineries in the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza. In 2003, with the assistance of his son Mikel, on property adjacent to the 100-year-old vineyards, Juan Ignacio began construction of Belasco de Baquedano Winery completing it, and vinting winery’s first vintage, in 2008. Juan Ignacio passed away 2017 but Mikel continues his father’s passion to create some of the finest Malbec wines in the world.
Bodini is crafted by winemaker Jimena Lopez and showcases fruit grown by a small estate winery in Mendoza, Argentina. Supporting Bodini encourages the tradition of independent, family-run vineyards and helping them express their unique wines. Bodini showcases grapes with the fullest expression of fruit.
Casarena is forging a different path from the other wineries in Mendoza. Instead of searching for undiscovered terroirs in new places like the Uco Valley, it is discovering the hidden gems in its home region of Lujan de Cuyo—a place full of rich tradition, potential, and unique micro-terroirs. Casarena has purchased as well as planted vineyards in several distinctive sites, and they control all aspects of winegrowing and winemaking in order to maximize the flavor expression of these terroirs.
Revolutionary winemaker Luis Reginato brings Argentine winemaking to the next level with original varietal wines that speak to the future of Mendoza. A Chaman, or “Shaman” in English, is a mentor who brings guidance to the present by accessing knowledge of the past - mysterious, magical, and inspiring. This wine pays homage to the enchantment handed down by Luis’ mentor, father, and vineyard shaman, José Reginato.
These deeply concentrated wines are named after the color of “graphite” and shows beautiful expression and structure. Winemaker Jimena Lopez left her corporate wine job to pursue her dream of making her own wine, and she now handles all aspects of Graffito from vine selection to the final blend with a precise attention to detail. She believes so deeply in her wine quality that she puts her fingerprint stamp of approval right on the label.
Argentina’s best small-family growers express their individual passions with single-grower, single-vineyard wines. Each wine named after a grower family demonstrates the wide range of Malbec aroma and flavor profiles generated by distinct Mendoza appellations.
Loca Linda translates loosely to ‘crazy beautiful’, inspired by an Argentine compliment for someone who is “crazy in a good way”. In 2007, Brian Smith made his first trip to Argentina and discovered a place with both of his passions: vineyards and snowboarding. Old vines, amazing people, and a favorable currency gave Brian the crazy idea that he might be able to fulfill his life long dream of making beautiful wine. By 2008 Brian had cobbled together some great fruit and some borrowed tank space. Loca Linda was born as the first vintage of his project with 400 cases of Malbec.
Luca was born out of Laura Catena’s vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisan quality, and true to their individual terroirs. She is a pioneer in Mendoza for working closely with small growers to grow very high-quality grapes from some of Argentina’s best old-vine, low-yield, high elevation vineyards. Each varietal delivers power along with complexity and finesse. They are the ultimate expression of rigorous vineyard management, viticultural experimentation, strict irrigation controls, skilled winemaking, and a quest for quality at any cost.
This old-vine Malbec hails from a restored ancient riverside vineyard overlooking the Lunlunta Hills and highlights fresh, expressive floral and red fruit characteristics. Roberto de la Mota, Argentina’s legendary winemaker behind Mendel Wines, makes Lunta in a vibrant style to showcase the terroir of this estate vineyard. He personally revived this forgotten 1928 vineyard, recognizing this unique location’s promise to craft a truly dynamic wine.
Mendel wines classically combine Roberto de la Mota’s prestigious winemaking skills and tremendously old vineyards to make Mendoza’s most elegant wines. Proprietor and long-time wine lover, Anabelle Sielecki, partnered with Roberto to transform her family’s historic 1928 vineyard into the respected estate it is today. She honors her father, a hardworking immigrant and successful businessman, by putting his first name, Mendel, on the label.
As Argentina’s most revered sparkling wine producer, the father-son Reginato team makes some of the world’s only sparkling wines with classic Argentine varietals. Unlike other “factory” sparkling wine producers in Mendoza, Pepe and his father Josépersonally manage the whole process themselves from grape to bottle. They manage the vineyards, select the grapes, harvest at the optimal time, make the base wine, and then do secondary fermentation at their own winery.
Argentina is a country where its people love to express themselves. Embracing art as a language, locals do this through the rich cuisine, vibrant music and eye-catching street art. This dynamic culture continually inspires on a daily basis and DR Art of the Andes wines embrace this lifestyle in each and every one of its handcrafted wines.
Tikal was founded by Ernesto Catena, a 4th generation winemaker of Italian descent who, having spent a part of his life working as a designer and being a fervent student of Renaissance humanism, sees it as his mission to transform everything in his wine world into art , from growing the grapes to making wine to selling it.