Paraje Altamira
Altamira is one of the places with the longest viticulture history and tradition in the Uco Valley. Vineyards are more than a century old, and land is divided in small estates in the hands of several farmers – some of the smallest – who have been in the area for generations. That’s a remarkable difference with the new locations in Uco Valley 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. It became the first GI in the country granted that status for technical and not geopolitical reasons.
Michel Pouget arrived to Mendoza in 1852 and brought along many French varietals, Malbec among them. By 1911, as Leopoldo Suárez recounts in his Contribution to Ampelographic Studies in the province of Mendoza, Malbec covered already 50% of vineyards in Mendoza.
With several generations of winemakers undertaking experiments, Malbec was the vine that showed the best results in the vineyard and the winery.
Today, we continue discovering its qualities and its enormous plasticity to express the different terroirs throughout the Andes.
-Altitude between 1,000 to 1,200 m.a.s.l. (3,280 and 3,937 feet).
-Soil of alluvial origin and short depth, composed by sand and large stones of high calcareous content.
-300mm of annual rainfall.
-Continental climate with intense colds and large thermal amplitude.
-Irrigation with pure thawed water.
-Naturally health safe environment.
-A rich viticulture tradition.
Paraje Altamira lies in the heart of the alluvial cone of the Tunuyán river, at the foot of the Andes range. It is located in the district of La Consulta, south of Uco Valley, in the Argentine province of Mendoza.
It covers approximately 9,290 hectares in total, of which around 2,780 are vineyards.
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