PARAJE ALTAMIRA

Location

Paraje Altamira lies in the heart of the alluvial cone of the Tunuyán river, at the feet of the Andes range.

It is located in the district of La Consulta, south of the Uco Valley, in the Argentine province of Mendoza. It has a surface of approximately 3660 hectares in total, from which around 1200 are vineyards.

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History

Altamira is one of the places with the longest viticulture history and tradition in the Valley of Uco. We can find vineyards older than a century, and the surface is divided in small estates in the hands of several farmers –some of the small– who have been in the area for generations. That is a remarkable difference with the new locations in the Valley of Uco that have extensive and young vineyards in a handful of owners, most of them larger wineries.

In 2013, the National Viticulture Institute granted Paraje Altamira the status of Geographical Indication (GI) for Argentina.

Malbec as heritage

Michel Pouget arrived to Mendoza in 1852 and brought along many French varietals, the Malbec among them. By 1911, as Leopoldo Suárez tells in his Contribution to Ampelographical studies in the Province of Mendoza, Malbec covered already 50% of the vineyards in Mendoza.

After some generations of winemakers making experiments, Malbec was the vine that showed the best results in the vineyard and the winery.

Nowadays we continue discovering its qualities and the enormous plasticity it has to express the different terroirs throughout the Andes.

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Terroir Fact Sheet

– Altitude between 1000 to 1200 masl (3280 and 3937 feet).
– Soil of alluvial origin and short depth, composed by sand and large stones of high calcareous content.
– Continental climate with intense colds and large thermal amplitude.
– Irrigation with pure thaw water.
– Naturally health safe environment.
– A rich viticulture tradition
More information (in Spanish) at:

www.parajealtamira.org