About the Winery
In 2004, 3 years after purchasing the 40 hectare estate, the Del Rio Elorza family started to recover the almost 100-year-old grapevines that had been abandoned, and planted with a high density. Aiming to use water in a better and more efficient manner, they set up an automatic drip irrigation system and also a sprinkler irrigation system to actively protect grapevines from frost, which is the only risk factor for production in Patagonia.
Amid desert lands, the Negro River plows through the largest valley in the Argentine Patagonia. Settlers channeled the waters coming down from the Andes Mountains for irrigation and created a productive oasis in deep clay loam soils. Regional climate features are ideal for growing grapevines. Cold winters, dry summers with a large temperature gap – light and warm days and very cool nights – enable grapes to ripe slowly and continuously thus reaching harmony between sugar and acidity, with a very good proportion of aromatic substances and excellent colors. Intense and regular winds, together with low annual precipitation and scarce humidity, provide favorable conditions for sustainable and fully healthy winemaking without the use of agrochemicals.
This project was conceived for producing premium wines with grapes from its own vineyards. The winery focuses on vine growing and practices that make the best use of the varieties best adjusted to the Patagonian terroir. Wines are produced using ahead of time technology in a winery equipped with stainless steel tanks, unpainted concrete pools, French and American oak barrels. To meet these objectives, they added the ability of the renowned winemaker Elias López Montero – a prestigious Spanish winemaker and a group of excellent professionals who accompany the passion for making great wines, among which are the agricultural engineer Marcelo Casazza and the winemaker Lucas Quiroga.