Leopoldo Suárez Zapata (1882-1932) was an engineer and one of the first people to see Altamira’s potential in planting enologically high-quality vineyards. During the dawn of the previous century, almost a hundred years ago, he purchased land that today is our vineyards. Among his diverse scientific projects, ‘Contribution to the Ampelographic Studies in the Province of Mendoza’ (1911), is one of the most important: a survey of the most significant varietals planted in the province. He attended the Enology and Viticulture School in Conegliano, Treviso, Italy, graduating as an enological technical engineer in 1904. He was head of the Mendoza enology station and director of the National Viticulture School. According to the great enologist Raúl de la Mota, his contributions marked a before and after in winemaking in Argentina.