Terrazas de los Andes
Terrazas de los Andes was founded in 1999, in the heart of Mendoza, a renowned winemaking region in the west of Argentina, on an estate where the first ungrafted vines were planted in 1929. It takes its name from the “terrazas”, a series of terraced plateaus at the foot of the Andes mountain range, scattered over altitudes ranging from 600 to 1,500 meters. On these terraces, each of the grape varieties – malbec, cabernet sauvignon, torrentés and chardonnay – are planted at optimum altitudes to benefit from ideal ripening conditions. Altitude and the vast temperature differences between day and night give the grapes wonderful aromatic complexity and flavor and the potential to make wines that boast remarkable structure, balance on the palate, and power. Internationally renowned for the intensity, character and excellence of its vintages, Terrazas de los Andes produces four distinctive yet complementary wines: Altos del Plata, Reserva, Single Vineyard and Cheval des Andes.
Terrazas Single Vineyard is the signature vintage produced by the estate. Each year, malbec parcels are selected to ensure they are harvested at optimum ripeness. The grapes are chosen one by one before being placed into tanks for the fermentation process. The wine is then aged in barrel for 18 to 24 months, then in bottle for an additional 12 to 18 months.
The layout of the Terrazas de los Andes parcels is the result of 50 years of groundwork and exploration into the region’s terroirs and microclimates, so that each terrace can be matched with a single grape variety which can then develop its full potential. The malbec vines are planted between 800 and 1,500 meters above sea level, in various locations around the Mendoza region. In the north, they produce soft and complex flavors, while in the south they offer vibrant intensity. Torrontés grapes grow on the highest terraces at altitudes of over 1,800 meters, and reveal all the freshness of the Andes. Finally, cabernet sauvignon has its place both in the northern and southern regions, where it can express its full-bodied character, elegance and perfect ripeness.
Terrazas de los Andes is distinguished by its refined way of receiving guests, which has redefined the standards of wine brands. Nestled in the heart of the estate, six guest rooms allow visitors to discover the Argentinian “art de vivre”, through local viticulture and gastronomy. The interiors of these rooms draw inspiration from the surrounding nature as well as the grape varieties used in the creation of the House’s grand crus: malbec, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, merlot, petit manseng and torrontés.
- 1929 Year when the first ungrafted vines were plan ted at the estate
- 1,067 meters. The altitude of Las Compuertas, one of the highest malbec-producing regi ons in the world
- 1,800 meters. Altitude at which the torrontés grapes are grown