Finca Vistalba
Lujan de Cuyo

This land is located in the Luján de Cuyo province, within the Vistalba district, 2 km southwest of the main city, Mendoza.

Set at the foot of the Cordón del Plata, 980 meters above sea level.

The land comprises 50 hectares of vineyards planted with Malbec, Cabernet, Sauvignon and Bonarda vines of more than 70 years of age, with a density of six thousand vines per hectare. The traditional cultivation of the vine is reflected in each corner of the land. With traditional furrow watering and long pruning, just as vine growing was done 100 years ago. Due to its temperature range and the rough characteristics of the land, it is Malbec’s preferred home.

It has heterogeneous sedimentary alluvial soils, clay loam, and pebble subsoil with good drainage that allows roots to explore three to four meters in depth looking for minerals. Layers of different textures and structures may be seen, in accordance with the different geomorphological stages and the agriculture over many years.

A pasture intercropping is carried out, as well as deep ploughing for preserving the organic matter. Apart from externally adding wine by-products such as stalks and marcs, goat manure is added in the rows between vines in areas whose fertility is reduced. No herbicide is used in the row, in order to favor the development of microorganisms in the soil. This improves infiltration and water retention in the soil, apart from ventilating and improving the general characteristics of the substrate.

Features

Plot

Variety

Area

   Year of plantation 

1

Malbec

6,8

1948

2A

Malbec

1,75

1948

2B

Bonarda

3,5

1948

2C

Malbec

2,65

1948

3

Malbec

6,44

1948

4

Malbec

7,88

1948

5

Merlot

4,12

2009

6

Malbec

5,22

2009

7

Cabernet Sauvignon

4,3

2009

8

Malbec

6,32

1942

Total 

48,98

     

 

 

The work of the terroir

During the winter months, deep ploughing is done, for instance with a subsoiling plough, in order to improve the infiltration of water.

Traditional long pruning is carried out by staff qualified for the task, whose families have always been devoted to vine growing.

The irrigation method is furrow irrigation, and this is such a delicate task that only an expert can do it.
Complementary tasks are performed, including degerming, stripping the leaves off and thinning the clusters to achieve the desired quality.

Before the harvest, a NDVI of the entire land is used in order to determine the most and the less vigorous sectors, so that they are differentiated and treated as such during the growing cycle and, especially, the harvest.

For the harvest, analytical determinations are made on the fruit, and then the right moment is determined through tasting in accordance with the destination of the grape and the type of wine.

Other crops: The CORTE V oil comes from the 1,200 olive trees of more than 80 years of age planted around each plot. Varieties such as Arauco, Nevadillo, Arbequina and Empeltre may be found, which produce unique olive oil with an intense and fruity flavor.

Finca Don Antonio
Valle de Uco

This land is located 135 km southwest of the city of Mendoza, 1,169 meters above sea level.

This property has an area of 402 ha, out of which 342 ha are planted with vines and 8 ha with walnut trees. The first vines were planted more than 40 years ago. Most of the water used is meltwater, as the land has irrigation rights, which is complemented by well water in moments of high water consumption due to evapotranspiration.

The land has a slope of 3%, which allows the mass of cold air to flow towards colder areas, avoiding climatic damage caused by frost.

The soils are alluvial terraces, which are young and formed by pebbles in depth, outcropping in certain areas. The soil is light and has excellent drainage properties and a loamy sand texture. There is an excellent balance among air, soil and water. Poor in nitrogen and organic matter. As far as soil management is concerned, a pasture intercropping is carried out, in order to increase the organic matter, improve the structure and create more permeable, balanced and “alive” soils. The watering system is trickle irrigation. Thus, a uniform distribution of water is achieved, as well as a strict control of vigor, which makes it possible to obtain smaller, more concentrated berries.

In the espaliers, different varieties grow, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Sémillon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noire, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Viognier. The broad temperature range and the permanent breeze confer on this land outstanding characteristics to obtain wines of unsurpassable qualities.

Features

 Total per variety 

 Area in Ha  

Malbec

135,80

Chardonnay

40,80

Pinot Noir

44,20

Cabernet Sauvignon

60,32

Merlot

18,10

Semillón

5,20

Petit Verdot

11,16

Sauvignon Blanc

12,97

Syrah

13,57

Aspiran

1,30

Viognier

0,50

Total area of vineyards 

343,92

Walnut trees

8,40

Total planted area

352,32

The work of the terroir

In general, Cordon Royat is the main pruning system, and it is carried out during the months of June, July and August. This is one of the most important tasks, as it defines the plant’s architecture, apart from regulating production to obtain top-quality wines. After the bud burst period, the vines are degermed, which means pulling up buds located in the wrong place and non-productive buds to keep on looking for the highest quality.

During the entire growing season, preventive treatments are performed using fungicides in order to maintain the health of the crops. It is always better to carry out cultural tasks to manage the buds, strip the leaves off and have balanced watering to obtain a ventilated and illuminated canopy microclimate, which are indispensable factors for the fruit’s health and quality.

The complementary or fine-tuning tasks include thinning the clusters and hydric stresses of each plot, according to the destination of the grape.

In order to determine the right moment for harvest, periodical samplings are carried out, more and more monitored as the harvest approaches, and the time when the grape is ready is ultimately decided by tasting in accordance with the type of wines to be obtained.

Other crops: walnut trees.