About the Winery
A passion for wine and the love of Argentina led Noel and Terry Neelands to the Uco Valley…and their journey began.
Enchanted by their first trip to the South American country famous for its gauchos and tango, they fell in love with the culture and, above all, the wines made from Malbec so synonymous with this great land. So enthralled, they purchased a property and quickly converted it into a world-class winery, which would be a crossroads for wine, food and art. They made an incredibly astute choice by hiring renowned South-American winemaker Santiago Achaval to be their winemaking consultant. Achaval has been referred to as the “Malbec Master” and is behind the scenes of several top-of-the-list wines featured in Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. About SoloContigo’s Super Premium Malbec, Santiago said, “this wine is silky on the palate and rich in flavor… an absolutely spectacular wine!”
Located in the up-and-coming Valle de Uco, the wines benefit from this high-altitude region with alluvial soils and optimal temperature swings, from sunny, hot days to crisp, cool nights. The top layer of the Valle de Uco soil contains a high rock concentration, with a sandy rock layer beneath, followed by a layer with high amounts of clay. Avalanche-type mudslides occur during periods of heavier precipitation, which brings the mineral rich soils from the Andes down into the Valle de Uco, supplying them with their complex loam topsoils. Their largest production wine is the “Primera Amante,” or “first love,” made from fruit farmed in Los Sauces in the Tunuyan section of the Uco Valley, Mendoza. 100% hand-harvested, 6 months in 50% used oak and 50% stainless steel. The “Affaire” Malbec is made from fruit from both Los Sauces in Tunuyan and from the southernmost Altamira and La Consulta subregions of San Carlos, all in the Uco Valley. Aged 50% new French oak and 50% second-use French oak for 14 months. Finally, the “Coleccion” is a blend of 42% Malbec, 38% Cabernet Franc and 20% Syrah, aged 22 months in new French oak followed by 24 months in bottle before release. All fruit is from Los Sauces in the Tunuyan region of the Uco Valley. They also produce a crisp, aromatic Torrontes.