José Luis Mounier | Our Wine Maker
José Luis Mounier, our winemaker graduated with a degree in enology from the Technical School BT 17 in Alto Verde, Mendoza, in 1978, and then in 1985 he received a BA from the Don Bosco College of Enology. His experience working at first-class wineries is vast and remarkable. He held positions as main technician and manager at Bodegas Etchart – in Cafayate (Salta), and since 1992 property of Pernod-Ricart – and, since August of 2004, as chief enologist at Bodegas Lavaque. He studied vinification in Chateau le bon Pasteuralongside Michel Roland at Pomerol, and continued to work with him at Bodegas Etchart from 1987 to 1994. He made frequent visits to Burgundy, Champagne, Beaujolais, Chateauneuf du Pape, Saint Chinian, Bordeaux (Medoc, Pomerol, Saint Emilion, Graves, Sauternes), Limoux, Penedes, Rioja, and Rueda. He also took technical and business trips to Canada, Belgium, Brazil, Holland, Austria, and the USA. He participated in winefairs such as Vinexpo, London Wine Trade Fair, and Vinitaly. At several contests (Blaye Bourg, Vinandino, and Malbec Argentina) he acted as jury, and he took several courses, participated in conferences and seminars dedicated to vinification in Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil.
Since 1995 he own the estate Las Nubes, a family run winery, in the high valley of Cafayate where he also offers enoturism. He has produced high quality Red, Rosé, and Torrontés named José L. Mounier, and a young red called Finca Las Nubes. These products are of limited production and distributed at wine stores, hotels, and restaurants of the main cities of Argentina, and they are also exported to the USA and Brazil.
Mounier has been the leader of the Tukma project since its beginnings. He lives in Cafayate with his wife and their three children.
Juan Luciano Prates | Our Engineer
Juan Luciano Prates, our agricultural engineer was born July 13th., 1970. He studied agricultural engineering at the University of La Plata, from where he gratuated in 1995. He then did an MBA at the Catholic University of Salta (2006). He participated in a large number of conferences and symposia in Buenos Aires, Concepción del Uruguay, and Salta. He took courses at the Cereal Stock of Buenos Aires, the INTA, and the Ministry for Agricultural Affairs of the province of Buenos Aires; he also took courses in Communication, Marketing, and Business Management. He participated in the Technological Viticulture Tour in California-Davis In September 2001, and in Chile in December of 2005.
His first professional experiences were in beekeeping in 1993. After that he was the general manager of an olive farm in La Rioja (Olmedo Agropecuaria, S.A.), and he also worked at INTA. He was technical advisor of the beekeper's coop "Miel del Valle" in Cafayate, advisor for water resources in Puna and Arid Valleys of the Argentine Northwest. Since 2006 he has been administrator and technical advisor at the wine estates of La Gallega and La Pascuala in Cafayate, and Las Flechas and La Viñita in Angastaco for Bodega Tukma. Since 2007 he has been consultant for the following wineries: Catena Zapata, Tapiz, Finca Koch, STG (Yalta, Ukraine); manager and technical advisor for Finca Hualinchay (Cafayate), and manager of Bodega Catena Zapata (Cafayate).
Juan, his wife, and their three children live in Cafayate.
We understand that social responsibility is the only way to go about in business, and to develop a company like ours. Since the dawn of time wine has been a celebration of life, and we are convinced that it is that spirit which should rule our relationship with our staff, with the environment, and with our customers.
At Tukma we say no to illegal work and to child labor. The people who manage our estates live in houses that comfortable for them and their families. We are projecting the implementation of solar energy for all of our facilities. We cultivate and we produce in absolute harmony with our surroundings, without damaging it or even modifying it senselessly.