With Salentein pioneering high altitude wine production in Uco Valley since the late 90s, this family owned winery can be considered leading in the development of quality wines in Argentina. Now, once again, Bodegas Salentein takes the lead in developing the next step in Argentine wine diversification, by crafting wines from and initiating the development of wine regions with a Geographical Indication.
In Argentina GIs (Geographical Indications) are being developed, an iconic moment for Argentine wines. The GIs function as delimited areas that guarantee the origin and therefore uniqueness of the wine and can be indicated on the label, in addition to the province or valley where the wines are being made. Uco Valley, with a daily thermal amplitude of 14 to 20 degrees, alluvial soil that varies in composition and almost 28.000 hectares of vines (17% of the total planting in Mendoza), is home of the new and most interesting GIs. The region is known for its premium grape quality and wine production, and being the most important region regarding to wine-related investments.
SALENTEINS SINGLE VINEYARD WINES:
Since 2010 Bodegas Salentein has been successfully producing four varieties of Single Vineyard wines, namely Malbec, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc. The Single Vineyard wines express Salenteins deep knowledge of Uco Valley terroir, based on two decades of hands on living and farming there. Each wine comes from a single selected plot located in a different top sub-region from Uco Valley, which over the years has produced wines with great personality and varietal expression.
The grapes used for Salentein Single Vineyard wines all come from GI Paraje Altamira and the developing GI regions: San Pablo and Gualtallary.
ABOUT SAN PABLO
A large part of the estates of Bodegas Salentein, are part of this region. Salentein is the initiator of the development of this region as a GI, and is now awaiting approval of the INV (Viticulture National Institute).
San Pablo located on an altitude of 1.175 up to 1.720 meters above sea level. The total area is 4.300 hectares, 475 hectares are planted with vines of which 222 hectares are owned by Bodegas Salentein. The climate in this region is cool continental. During the ripening period the average day temperature is 30 degrees Celsius and 5 degrees Celsius at night. The sediment in the soil here comes from the river Rio de Las Tunas, which sources from the Tupungato volcano, with a minimum deposit. The Las Villegas Creek provides fine gesture in San Pablos highest estates while the lower estates have bigger stones, mostly covered with a layer of calcium carbonate, brought by the Las Tunas river.
San Pablo is home to a couple of prestigious wines: two Single Vineyard Malbecs coming from two vineyards at different altitudes and furthermore a Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, sweet late harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
This region is awaiting approval of a GI status of the INV (institution National Viticultura).
Gualtallary is located directly north east of Las Tunas River on an altitude of 1.100 up to 1.650 meter above sea level, next to San Pablo. The total area is 4.300 hectares of which 3.658 hectares are planted with vines. As in San Pablo, the climate is cool continental, with temperatures similar to that of San Pablo, but with lower average annual rainfall. The composition of the soil however is different, it exists of sediment with volcanic stones and basalt. The stones present in the soils are small to medium sized at different depths with big stones, covered with a thick layer of calcium carbonate
Gualtallary is home to a robust Single Vineyard Malbec. The vineyard on which Salentein grows the grapes used for this wine is called “Los Basaltos”, named after the basalt present in the soil which also contributes to the distinct balsamic notes in the wine.
ABOUT GI PARAJE ALTAMIRA:
This region is has had a GI status since 2013.
Altamira is situated in the heart of alluvial cone of the Tunuyán river with vineyards ageing up to 100 years old. This region, with an altitude ranging from 950 to 1.150 meters above sea level, has a total area of 3.660 hectares of which 1.990 hectares are planted with vines. The soils have an ancient fluvial foundation covered by younger alluvial deposits. Fluvial deposits of the Tunuyán River, sourced from 5.000 meters above sea level, date back to the Pleistocene period (starting from 2.5 million up to the last 12,000 years ago). Furthermore, the soil characterized by the presence of rocks, in some cases exceeding 2 meters in diameter. These rocks have a white appearance due to the intense coverage of calcium carbonate, which may reach a thickness up to 3 mm.
Altamira is home to an elegant Single Vineyard Malbec. The vineyard on which Salentein grows the grapes used for this wine is called “El Tomillo”. This vineyard, of 10 hectares, is owned by the winery and consists only of Malbec vines.
ABOUT CALCIUM CARBONATE
The calcium carbonate that is in the sandy soils of these three vineyards are lively present. The CO2 that is produced by the metabolism of plants and bacteria, combined with pure melting water of the snow-caps in the Andes with a low pH and the calcium that is released from the stones, produces a layer of calcium carbonate on these stones. This calcium carbonate has the ability to hold water underground and transport minerals to the roots of the vines when they look for humidity and nutrients.
ABOUT BODEGAS SALENTEIN:
Bodegas Salentein is the pioneer in crafting premium wines in Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina. With their experienced chief winemaker and Argentine Winemaking Legend José “Pepe” Galante and over 20 year of leading presence in this valley, Salentein can be considered the expert of crafting cool climate wines in the highest wine regions in the world.
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