The trilogy of soil, sky, and water defines the “terroir” which is essential for the quality of our grapes.
WHY IS THE SOIL IMPORTANT?
The soil is the base of our foundations, and it is in the soil where we settle our roots. Located at 33º south, at 970 masl and guarded by the impressive Andes Mountain Range, the region of Agrelo has a lot to offer for the growth of our vines.
The climate in the lands located close to the mountain range offers a very special characteristic: “Daily thermal amplitude” (warm days and cool nights). This phenomenon allows the grapes to achieve an excellent tannin concentration which is responsible for the wine structure. With an average annual temperature of 59ºF and a thermal amplitude of 57,2ºF, the wines from this region always give more than what we expect.
Loam to sandy-silt loam soils with little organic material and with rocky particles coming from the Andes Mountain Range are the land characterisctics that allow water to drain deeply into the vineyards’ roots.
Agrelo is considered one of the main regions in Mendoza for growing red grapes and the birthplace of Lamadrid wines.
WHY IS THE SKY IMPORTANT?
A clear blue sky guarantees colorful fruit and deep red wines. The more hours of sun exposure the grapes receive, the more color the clusters will have. The unit of measurement for solar radiation is Kw Hr/M2 (Kwatt per hour per square meter). In Mendoza, this value reaches 220 Kw Hr/M2 units in January, a higher number than in any other region of the world. This is one of the many reasons why the sun exposure in our land is so special to our wines.
WHY IS THE WATER IMPORTANT?
The quality, the quantity, and the amount of water are essential for the perfect development of organic matter. We are grateful that our vines are nourished with pure water that is rich in minerals since this will be one of the main contributions to the fruit. In this region, the average rainfall is 200 milliliters a year ( 6,76280 Fl.OZ); therefore, the vineyards are hydrated by the water coming from the melting snow of the Andes Mountain Range, which run through the mountains, rivers, and channels before getting in contact with the vines. This long route is filled with richness, nutrients, and a historic past that makes this rocky trail magic.
We want vines with deep roots in contact with the lowest layers that are the richest in minerals. The exact amount of water and the experience in hydraulic engineering inherited from our ancestors allow us to obtain vineyards with roots that, depending on the age of the plant, may reach over 2 meters deep and down.
Deserted soils, a clear blue sky, and pure water coming from the melting snow of the Andes Range equal the perfect terroir for our vines.