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Patagonia

Familia Schroeder

Patagonia is a region in the southernmost, lowest and coolest part of Argentina. It is literally at the end of the earth, its glaciers at Tierra del Fuego aiming the way to the South Pole. Much of it is a harsh, windy desert, flat, dry as jerky, with outstretched prairies and sheep farms, but the patches of green that exist have surprisingly become a destination for quality wine- making.

Because of its significantly cooler growing conditions, cool-climate, international varietals do very well here such as Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Semillon and Pinot Noir. Other grapes grown are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay.

It is divided into two main regions:



The Rio Negro: began its viticultural history at the time of the railroad, which was built and owned by the British. The Brits found places to plant apple and pear orchards for fruit to be shipped back to England, and no doubt missing the wines they were used to drinking from Europe, decided to plant vineyards alongside them. For much of its wine-making history, the wines were produced mainly for local consumption. But winemakers have in more recent history begun focusing on quality production that is gaining international marketability.

Neuquen: the newest wine region, in production for the most part only in the 21st century.
Astoundingly, it’s pretty much been carved out of the desert. A group of investors thought the warm, dry weather that it shares with the Rio Negro seemed ideal for grape-growing, never mind one vital missing element - irrigation. But that pesky lack of water problem was solved by installing a massive irrigation system connected to the Nequen river, starting from a canal that runs into an intricate system of pipes into the vineyards, which are mainly in an area called San Patricio del Chanar. Et voila! Life grows in the desert! Pinot noir is seeing some great focus, as well as the usual assortment of Argentinian-grown varietals for reds. Whites are mainly Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon.

Bodega Familia Schroeder is the result of a pioneer family’s effort that made their dreamcome true. The entrepreneurial spirit allowed them to dominate Patagonia’s arid soil and to flourish an oasis of high quality vines.
Lying on the side of a slope, the winery presents an avant-garde architecture that takes advantage of gravity in the winemaking process.
Excellence is the secret that delights the most demanding palates and enable to make the wines that the world expects from Patagonia.
Schroeder Family, with European origins but deeply rooted in Patagonia, is well known for their entrepreneurial profile.
Persistence, commitment and excellence are the characteristics of this pioneer family. Since the first half of XX century they started companies in areas such as health and media. Finally in the last decade they dedicated their efforts to turn Patagonia’s arid land into an internationally recognized winemaking area.

Panamericansaurus Schroederi: a millenary discovery.
An ancient giant wandered these lands. Fossils of a dinosaur were found during the construction of the winery. This specimen belonged to the Titanosauridae family, well known because of its huge size and it was given the name Panamericansaurus Schroederi, inspiring the brand of two lines of wines of Familia Schroeder: Saurus and Saurus Select. Its presence guards every corner of the winery and gives a distinctive aura to the place.
The first findings were in year 1986 in Casa de Piedra, Río Negro. Other specimens were discovered in 1993 in Salitral Moreno and in 1997 in Los Alamitos, both in Río Negro. In 1999 other fossils were found in Brazil. The last records of Aeolosaurus and the first one in Neuquen was during the construction of Familia Schroeder Winery in San Patricio del Chañar. The extraction process was supervised by paleontologists Juan Porfiri and Jorge Calvo from Lago Barreales Centre of Paleontological Research, of Comahue National University.



Mendoza

Familia Barberis

Mendoza is by far the largest and most prolific wine region in all of Argentina. It’s part of the larger, Cuyo region, in the west of the country, bordering the Andes, which provide a good deal of climate protection. The area is mostly hot and dry, but there is some natural river irrigation, particularly from the Mendoza from which it is named. The biggest threat is from the dry, “Zonda” winds, which have been known to damage the grapes. Many of the vineyards are high altitude, some crazy, dizzyingly high, with published reports of as high as 5600 feet above sea level. This allows for precisioned grape-growing for maximum ripeness and temperature control. The soils tend to be alluvial clay (sand over clay). Because the harvest season is predictably warm and dry from year to year, there is little vintage variation and wine-makers have advantageous control over the styles of wine and varietals produced.



Once famed for its pink-skinned grapes Criolla Grande and Cereza, Mendoza is now pretty much Malbec Central, though the other two are still widely grown for jug wine and blending. Other popular grapes grown in the region are Bonarda (brought over by the Italians), Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo for reds. Torrontes is the popular indigenous white grape, known for its perfumed aroma balanced with tropical fruit flavors and acidity. Other popular white grapes grown are Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Semillon and Viognier.

Argentina’s wine production began to thrive in the 1880s with the expansion of the country’s railroads. The Great Depression marked major economic and political problems which slowed things down considerably until the Malbec fad started to hit in the 1970s. The 1980s marked a real turning point in the region’s wine-making history, when foreign vintners, primarily from America and France, took an interest and began to consult and collaborate with local wine-makers. Opportunities to overhaul equipment and invest in quality viticulture paid off. Investments came in, while exports took off.

Mendoza is further subdivided into these subregions: Agrelo,Barrancas, Las Compuertas, Lujan de Cuyo, Lunlunta, Maipu, Perdriel, San Martin, San Rafael, Uco Valley, Ugarteche and Vistalba

Thanks to all the hard work, effort and a strong tradition, Barberis Winery continues to be a family-owned business dedicated to producing high-quality fine wines that combines tradition, technology and passion.
The new Barberis winery was purchased in 2007 and is located in the town of El Sauce in Guaymallén in the province of Mendoza. It is a recycled winery that respects its traditional structure, and to which we have applied the latest technology.
The location of the vineyard and its management greatly influence the quality of the products.
The grapes come from vineyards located in the main wine regions of Mendoza, where the best agronomic methods are used to obtain fruit of excellent quality. Thus, Barberis Winery offers an incredible combination of climate, soil and management to produce wines with a distinct and unique personality.



New Zealand

Omaka

The history of New Zealand wine-making dates back to the 1800s when settlers planted vines and some commercial wineries began to surface. But the industry never really took off as it did in Australia and other parts of the world at this time. When Phylloxera struck the country, as it did elsewhere, the known “cure” was to graft American root stock onto European vinifera, which repelled the louse. However, New Zealand took a more direct approach and decided instead to just source all their vines directly from America. which was costly and time-consuming. There were also very loose quality standards when it came to wine production. Sugar and water were allowed to be added to bulk out the wine. As a result, into the 20th century, most New Zealand wine was shunned in favor of Australian imports.
There was also a form of Prohibition enacted around the same time as it was in the US, in the 1920s. While alcohol was not banned outright, there were several government measures put forth to discourage its consumption. There was a ban on the sale of alcohol in shops and restaurants that lasted into the 1950s, and

supermarkets couldn’t sell liquor till the 1990s.
By the 1970s, however, many factors changed the attitude toward wine in New Zealand. Less meat and dairy was being exported, so more attention was paid to agriculture, and in turn, wine cultivation. The “six o’clock swill,” where pubs were only allowed to be open an hour after the work day and closed all day Sunday, was ended. Restaurants were now allowed to have BYOB licenses. More interest was paid to high quality varietals, rather than planting for high yield purposes. And finally, stricter regulations were placed on the addition of sugars and water to wines.
Today, the New Zealand wine industry is thriving. Diverse climates and terroirs, in this, the most southerly of the world’s wine countries, make it possible to grow a large variety of grapes and produce in many styles from sparkling to sweet. The pride of the country in recent years has been its Sauvignon Blanc, particularly from the Marlborough region. Leading the reds is Pinot Noir, most notably also from Marlborough as well as Central Otago and Martinborough. Hawke’s Bay, where the country’s first grapes were planted, is known for its Bordeaux varietals as well as fine productions of Syrah.
The main wine regions of New Zealand are:
North Island:Auckland, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Wairarapa
South Island: Malrborough, Central Otago, Nelson, Canterbury
While wines from Marlborough, in New Zealand’s South Island, have only come into prominence recently, there is actually a wine-making history in that region that dates back to the 1870s. Meadowbank Farm Manager David Herd planted Muscatel in a parcel of land in the Fairhall/Brancott area that became very well regarded. Though he died in 1905, his vineyard continued to produce until the 1930s. A few other small wineries also began to crop up during the late 1800s into the early part of the 20th century.
But it wasn't until 1973, when Frank Yukich of Auckland’s Montana Wines selected Marlborough for its expansion efforts. He saw the potential of this region, with sunny days and cool nights that ensure a long growing season and well balanced grapes. The success of his endeavors prompted other wineries to follow, many of them international enterprises. One of the most notable of these is Australia’s Cape Mentelle, who established the widely successful Cloudy Bay label out of Marlborough.
The areas located within the Wairau River Valley subregion have warmer, more humid growing conditions while moving south-east to the Awatere Valley, conditions become cooler and drier. The pride of Marlborough is its Sauvignon Blanc, which some consider among the world’s best. Pinot Noir is also well regarded and widely planted in the region. Other popular varietals in this cool-climate region are Chardonnay, Pinot Gris (Grigio), Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are also cultivated for sparkling wines made in the Champagne style (Methode Traditionelle).
Omaka Natural Springs
"Omaka" is a Maori word which translates to "where the springs flow". Here in the valley, there a mineral rich, natural srpings that meander through our vineyards, feeding the soils, and ultimately imparting a distinct signature nuance of minerality in all our wines.
Omaka Springs Estates is the sole producer of estate wines and olive oil in the Omaka Valley, which is part of the Southern Valleys of Marlborough. All of our grapes and olives are grown on our 180 acre estate located in the very heart of the valley and all of our wine is created on-sote by winemaker, Ian Marchant.
At Omaka Springs Estates we are dedicated to a proactive environmental management system that enables the production of high quality wine by employing environmentally responsible and economically viable processes in vineyards and winery.



La Rioja

Valle de La Puerta

La Rioja, not to be confused with the Spanish wine region, is a wine region within the Cuyo in Argentina. It is much hotter and drier than its more prolific neighboring regions, Mendoza and San Juan. Since most of the area is so hot and dry, it’s necessary for its vineyards to be situated in the few places where water is available. Its main appellation is Famatina, in the valley between the Velasco mountains and Famatina hills. The grapes are grown at high elevations, allowing cool nights to balance hot days and for the grapes to retain vital acid balance.
While red grapes are grown here, it’s the whites it is known for, mainly aromatic Torrontes and Muscat. Reds are made with Malbec, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, as varietal releases and blends.
The Famatina Valley is located in Chilecito, province of La Rioja - ARGENTINA. It´s an 80km long desert valley with mountain ranges on each side: the Velasco and

the Famatina. It is a pristine and sparsely populated environment with a unique micro-climate, with great exposure to sunshine and dry with warm days and very cool nights. Abundance of water deep below the surface ensures that water is available when needed. Ideally suited to producing both earlier ripening “vibrant” white varieties such as Torrontes as well as intensely labored reds, notably Bonarda and Malbec. Produces wines with great depth of flavor, with wonderful elegance and vibrant character.
Valle de la Puerta was established in 1994 and it started the olive and wine grape plantations in the same year. These plantations now cover 920 hectares / 2.273 acres, 770 hectares / 1.902 acres devoted to olives and 150 hectares / 375 acres to wine grapes. The property is located in Famatina Valley, La Rioja, Argentina; approximately 1.200 kms. (745 miles) from Buenos Aires by road. The beautiful Sierra Famatina, a group of mountains branching of the impressive Andean Chain, stretches into the province of La Rioja and attains a breathtaking height of 6.200 mts. (20.340 ft). Parallel to them and defining the Famatina Valley is Sierra Velazco, at 4.000 mts. (13.800 ft), hardly less imposing. Their influence on the grape growing conditions, on the valley ground, is as profound as the top-soil is deep. This soil, washed down from these mountains over the years, has filled the valley bed, raising the wine devoted lands to 1000 mts. (3280 ft) above sea level. Apart from providing a magnificent visual backdrop to the property developments, these handsome snow capped mountains have contributed with well drained top soils and magnificent water. All these factors create the perfect environment for a microclimate, which offers outstanding ripening conditions for our fine red and white grapes. Warm days, dry and cold nights, and desert-like topography are part of these environmental qualities.