As the fog lifts from the nearby Mendoza river, allowing you to glimpse the vineyards that surround the tiny estate. This boutique winery produces a collection of wines that celebrate the terroir not only directly adjacent to the bodega, but throughout the region. Believers in the age worthiness of their wines, it is here that you will find some of the oldest wines of Mendoza being offered as current release.
Tiny and boutique are not words usually associated with South American wineries. More usual are behemoths that produce a million cases of wine. Even a medium sized winery here is more in the several hundred thousand range. Achaval Ferrer is the text book exception, and as befits a winery that is able to achieve a truly hands on experience, their wines are of the utmost quality. Achaval was founded in 1998 by a group of friends with diverse backgrounds that not only included wine, but boast a Ski Instructor in the mix. Like so many Argentines themselves, there is a hint of Italian blood in the winery. The winemaker Roberto Cipresso, along with one of the other partners, owns another property in Montalcino, the highest quality wine region of Tuscany, Italy.
The relatively young owners bring a vitality and forward thinking approach that is the hallmark of all great wine producers, the world over. It is for this reason that the top wines of Achaval Ferrer break the price barrier, selling in the one hundred dollar plus range. Far above most other offerings from Argentina.
Achaval Ferrer will welcome you to a tour of their facility, for a fee. Ten dollars American, a small fortune in Mendoza, is the asking price. This gets you a few tastes, and perhaps a tour if you have made the arrangements. When you tour the winery nothing you see will surprise you. Until you remember where you are. Small wooden vats, labels all placed by hand, everything speaks to a scale of operation more common in Europe or the less touristy parts of California and the West Coast.
When you see the Achaval wines in the stores in the US you are much more likely to find their lower end offerings. The great vineyard designates wines are easier to find at the winery, and their spectacular late harvest Malbec is only available directly from them.
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Hours: Mon - Sat 9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 15:00.
Calle Cobos 2601
Perdriel 5509 - (Lujan)
54 261 15 553 5565
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Distance from Mendoza:
33.2k / 20.75m
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Tourism Contact Info (from website): http://www.achaval-ferrer.com/eng/contacto-contacto.html
Details from Website: Mon - Sat 9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 15:00.
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