Today the Uco Valley is peppered with famous names and has become « the most talked about wine region in Argentina, and arguably the whole of South America. » (Tim Atkin, Decanter Magazine). The yields in these conditions are very low and of extremely high quality.
In 1996 a modern winery and offi ces were built as the result of a major investment plan, unusually for Argentina located in the centre of the vineyards, not in Mendoza one hour and a half’s drive away.
Cultivated for the very fi rst time, they were able to leave this poor, well-drained soil in its natural state: the pH was perfect and no chemical input was required. The nearby mountains provide it with cool nighttime temperatures, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and reach optimal ripeness. The resultant yields are naturally very low and of extremely high quality.
High-density planting (4500 vines/hectare) and short pruning are practised to ensure a low yield per vine. In the semi-desert environment, irrigation is used to prevent water stress and is managed drop by drop.
A warmer second estate, “Finca Barrancas” in Maipu (close east side of Mendoza, 900m altitude) was purchased it has 65 hectares of vineyards developed for the production of warmer varieties as Bonarda and Syrah.
In 1996 a modern winery and offi ces were built as the result of a major investment plan, very unusually for Argentina located in the centre of the vineyards, not in Mendoza one hour and a half drive away; much to the amusement of many who laughed at the idea of putting a winery in the middle of the vineyard so far from any main town.
FRANCOIS LURTON CHARTER : ECO RESPONSIBLE FOR LIFE
We believe that every decision we make has an environmental impact, so we have set up an internal “think-tank” group within our company made up of representatives from each Department (packaging, marketing, sales, production) to come up with an environmental charter which details targets specific to our company that help to reduce the effect of what we do on the environment.
No herbicides used in any of our vineyards (cultivation and use of ‘intercep’ machines)
Uniquely natural fertilizers used in our vineyards
Trials on sexual confusion on our estate “Mas Janeil” (Roussillon, France)
Biodynamic cultivation on our estate in Chile, being transferred to Argentina, organic certification in 2012
Reduction of treatments “agriculture raisonnée” across the board
“Terra Sana” wines (Vin de France) made from organic grapes
In the offices all paper, glass bottles, capsules, plastic bottles and caps, corks, batteries, print cartridges and coffee capsules are recycled
All internal printing is done in black and white where possible and paper is used twice (both sides of the page)
In the warehouse, all cartons, glass bottles, paper are recycled
Car share between employees
Minimisation of heating, electricity (lights), water by staff
Electricity provided by “green” supplier
Our own purification treatment station to recycle waste
Move towards lighter bottles across the range (to improve carbon footprint)
75% bottles used are made from recycled glass
Pioneers of Bag-in-Box (recyclable, low carbon footprint)
Screw caps used in preference to corks for 70% of wines produced (low carbon footprint)
Synthetic cork (“Normacorc”) used 100% recyclable
Label printer registered as “Imprimvert” (sustainable practices)
Wine samples sent in boxes without polystyrene