Argentina has literally taken the international wine world by storm. Coming out of near obscurity, the Argentine wine industry has shown the world’s wine professionals and consumers the incredible potential for quality in its high altitude, mountain vineyards. The international press has been gracious with its praise and recognition. In 2007, the respected pages of Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate awarded Argentina no fewer than 149 wines rated above 90 points (compared to only 101 for Chile). Let Vintura show you these exceptional wineries that are rewriting the history of Argentine wine.
The family winery of revolutionary Argentine vintner Nicolas Catena, Bodega Catena Zapata is widely recognized as the pioneering winery which has shown the international wine community the true quality potential of the Mendoza terroir. International Wine Guru Robert Parker named Bodega Catena Zapata as the only South American winery in his latest book, The World’s Greatest Wine Estates.
Viña Cobos is the inspiration of three enologists and their search for excellence in unique winemaking from Argentine character and Californian inheritance. Respect and discipline are the pillars of their daily work. Direct from the vine they ensure that all care is done with respect for the environment. For them, terroir is a harmonic whole to which man must integrate. They are convinced that each vine reveals in its fruits the personality of its land.
Ruca Malén’s dream was born in 1998, when Jean Pierre Thibaud left the chairmanship of Bodegas Chandon Argentina after 10 years in office. Together with Jacques Louis Montalembert, a long time friend, they talked about their common dream of having their own winery in Mendoza, a paradise at the foot of the Andes. They created Ruca Malén, which would be devoted to producing premium wines, based on expert knowledge, the magnificent lands of Mendoza and, above all, a lifelong passion.
Rated at Wine Spectator as one of the 10 Wineries on the High Road to Quality
Founded in 1998 by Argentines Santiago Achaval and Manuel Ferrer together with Italian winemakers Roberto Cipresso & Tiziano Silviera, Achaval & Ferrer is dedicated to the limited production of single vineyard Malbecs. In their short history they have become positioned as producers of some of the highest quality Malbecs in Argentina. Their icon wine, Altamira Malbec , has received 96 points for the 2003 vintage and 95 points for their 2004 vintage, placing Achaval Ferrer at the top of the Argentine list.