Achaval Ferrer | Mendoza, Argentina
In 1998, a group of Italian and Argentinean friends joined forces to realise a then extremely ambitious dream – the creation of world class Argentinean wine. From the very outset, the aim of Achaval-Ferrer was not only to produce wine of exceptional quality but also, to remain faithful to the wines’ origins. This is fundamental to the company’s philosophy and echoes the ideals shared by many of the wine producers whose wine we are happy to sell, in that the vineyard is seen as fundamental to the essence of the finished wine.
The first key to the success of Achaval-Ferrer was the team’s choice of vineyards. Located in Argentina’s Mendoza province, at between 730 metres and 1,100 metres above sea level, warm, sunny days and cool nights prolong the ripening season. This, allied to poor alluvial soils and low rainfall, sets the scene for the production of concentrated, mature grapes which, in turn, make for great structure and complexity.
Although the vineyard is of crucial importance, it was nonetheless something of a coup to have the iconic Italian winemaker Roberto Cipresso on board as part-owner and winemaker. Despite his prodigious talent and considerable achievements, Roberto is a committed ‘terroiriste’ convinced that the land is fundamentally of much greater importance than winemaking per-se.
These wines are truly outstanding and a must-try for anyone serious about wine from South America.