Dating Back To 1831
Juan Ignacio Belasco was born in Viana, Spain, to a family of distillers that, dating back to 1831, carved a niche in the production of Pacharan, a slow berry-anise liqueur. In the late 1980's, Juan Ignacio entered the wine business by purchasing vineyards and building a winery in the Navarra region of Spain.
In the early 1990s, Juan Ignacio became infatuated with the Malbec variety of grapes. With the assistance of renowned wine consultant and former Mouton Rothschild head winemaker Bertrand Bourdil (awarded three 100-point scores from Robert Parker for his Mouton Rothschild vintages 1982, 1986 and 1988), explored Argentina for more than a decade in search for exceptional vineyards to create equally exceptional Malbec wines. They eventually discovered and purchased 222 acres of old vine Malbec vineyards, owned by an Italian family who sold their grapes under contract to the surrounding wineries in the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza.
In 2003, with the assistance of his son Mikel, on property adjacent to the 100-year-old vineyards, Juan Ignacio began construction of Belasco de Baquedano Winery completing it, and vinting winerys first vintage, in 2008. Juan Ignacio passed away 2017 but Mikel continues his fathers passion to create some of the finest Malbec wines in the world.