Bodega Vistalba, founded by Carlos Pulenta, goes into a life story that is the most important reference when it comes to assessing the excellence of its wines.
The descendant of an Italian family, Carlos Pulenta is the oldest son of Don Antonio Pulenta, one of the founders of the Bodega Peñaflor, 80 years ago, which endured until 1997, when it was sold.
Bodega Vistalba was built between 2001 and 2004 in a family-owned land at the heart of Vistalba (Luján de Cuyo). This is where Carlos Pulenta developed his personal viticulture project, involving members of his family, consultants, enologists and a valuable group of people who really know this land.
The winery is inspired in the Creole culture, resorting to cutting-edge technology and paying homage to traditional wine-making. It has been designed so that the entire winemaking process is completed using gravity and without pumps.
The first wines were produced in the year 2003, and they were first placed on the market in the year 2005. Today, our wines are sold in more than 20 countries.
In 2009 Alejandro Bulgheroni, connected to the agroindustry sector through several projects since the year 1999, began his participation in Bodega Vistalba, working with Carlos toward a common goal: “producing top-quality wines of world renown, with a marked identity and personality”.
The production process
We receive the grapes in boxes of 20 kilos, hand-picked. Depending on the land’s temperature, the grapes may be placed in a cold room so as to lower their temperature. This process creates an ideal condition to process white and red wines, which will be subjected to prefermentive maceration in cold, thus avoiding oxidation and non-desired biological processes.
Our winery was a pioneer in using concrete again as the material to build our vessels, just like it was done years ago. We believe that this is a noble material with great advantages such as its thermic stability and semipermeability to gases. The basins have a temperature control system integrated into its structure, an exclusive design for making red wine.
The winery has a room to store barrels located in the cellar, with an avant-garde design that manages to maintain the ideal temperature without losing its natural humidity, which is extremely important in this process. During this stage, devattings are carried out, with the aim of separating the lees and thus achieving a natural limpidity in the wines.
4 Bottling and Storage
The wine is bottled under very strict cleanliness conditions and avoiding contact with air, thus protecting its bouquet and leaving it in its best condition for the final stage. We have an underground wine cellar with controlled temperature and a capacity for more than 400,000 bottles.
Carlos Alberto Pulenta
“I think we can produce wines in the most important wine-growing regions in the world, finding in each of them the best expression of the grapes: the perfect terroir for each variety, not modifying the ground’s condition”.
Carlos Pulenta belongs to the third generation of one of the most influential families in the Argentinian winemaking industry. Originally from Ancona, Italy, the Pulenta family settled in Mendoza in 1901 and they have devoted their lives to winemaking ever since. Carlos Pulenta recalls his childhood immersed in this culture, playing in the vineyards and helping in the production processes. His love and knowledge of the vineyard and the winery have their origin in those first experiences.
Since 1975 he has been in charge of promoting the Peñaflor, Trapiche, Salentein and Vistalba wineries.
In 2003 he started a very personal project: launching top-quality wines through Bodegas Vistalba. This project is located in Luján de Cuyo, from where he offers to the world high-quality wines according to his own winemaking philosophy.
Carlos is also an energetic ambassador of Argentinian business interests and acts as the Honorary Consul in Mendoza, representing Finland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Alejandro Pedro Bulgheroni
“Our main contribution is to take the risk of investing in new productions in previously unexplored places to create top-quality wines with a strong identity, an intense personality and a deep sense of belonging to a land”.
Alejandro Bulgheroni is an entrepreneur with one of the best backgrounds in the energy sector, and since 1965 he has developed several projects in the agriculture industry.
In 1999 he was a pioneer once again together with his wife Bettina, when they transformed the Uruguayan region of Garzón through several farming projects using state-of-the-art technology. There they made Colinas Garzón, an extra virgin olive oil that has received many international awards and has been considered to be among the ten best olive oils in the world.
With the supervision of Italian enologist Alberto Antonini, they turned the hills of that area into a complex network of vineyards. Bodega Garzón is a terroir that has proven its ability to offer wines with a great future ahead.
In 2009 Bulgheroni brought his intensity and capacity for hard work to Bodega Vistalba, with his partner Carlos Pulenta. Since then he has expanded his presence in the winemaking world by buying properties in Argentina and other countries. His new challenge is to produce the most southern wine in the world.
Alejandro Cánovas - Enologist
A graduate in Enology and Agricultural Industries from the Juan Agustín Maza University, with extensive experience in countries with a great winemaking tradition like France and Italy, Bodega Vistalba considers Alejandro Cánovas one of its main figures. The care and dedication displayed by Alejandro both in the vineyard and in the winery is reflected in the process of making top-quality and premium wines, being an expert in stabilizing and fractionating them.
With a full commitment to enology for two decades, and having shared his knowledge in wineries like Santa Gimena, Martin’s Domingo, Dolium, Trapiche or Barberis, in the year 2001 he became the first enologist of the Bodega Vistalba.