In this last year, hundreds of new wineries have emerged in the domestic market. They are, in general, small projects that aim to high and medium-end wines. Each has its own history and dreams to fulfill.
Launched in August of this year, Montechez’s name means Moon Hill (“chez” meaning “moon” in Huarpe, an indigenous language). Its owners, former soy producers and cattle breeders (among other activities), decided to fully enter into the wine world when looking for a “pleasure business”. They bought lands in Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley (190 hectares in total, of which 75% is already producing) that were destined to the sale of high quality grapes. With these vineyards, the owners obtained the raw material and the financing to make their Montechez Malbec Reserva 2009 (ARS75) and Montechez Edición Limitada 2009 (ARS130); wines that display a fruity profile; they are loose and easy on the palate; those types of wines that do not need a tasting course to be understood. The winemaking is in charge of Carlos Cid and Roberto de la Mota as external consultant.
Gimenez Riili is a small family- owned winery that opened at the end of 2010. It is located in the upper region of Uco Valley at the foot of the mountains. The family used to be in the bulk wine business from 1950 to 2000; and today they grow grapes in Maipú and Tunuyán to make their own wines. With Pablo Martorell as the winemaker, the winery specializes in high quality varietals. For treasure hunters, Perpetuum Merlot 2008 (ARS75) is a delight; and the 2009 vintage will be out soon. Perpetuum Syrah 2008 Special Edition also stands out; and Giménez Riili Malbec Rererva 2008 (ARS135) is the typical exponent of the Uco Valley; intense and powerful, well-aged in oak barrels. Since lasts month, the winery is open for tourism.
It landed this season and promises to become one the houses that will be on everyone’s lips in the next couple of years. Located in Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo, the winery is an Argentine-American-owned company. Since 2006, the year when the project was started, there has been a strong investment on land- three vineyards, 200 hectares in total. Besides, the company recycled the old winery Filipo Figari with the latest technology, maintaining the traditional spirit. From 2011, Alejandro Sejanovich is in charge of the winemaking. Its brands are Ramanegra (ARS60) and Ramanegra Reserva (ARS98). The Ramanegra Reserva Chardonnay 2009 is a modern white wine, of a distinguished elegance; and the Ramanegra Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 is a handbook Cabernet. Among the Ramanegra range wines, the Syrah 2010 is the most recommended.