Bodega Ruca Malen | Mendoza

Bodega Ruca Malen Winery and Vineyards

Bodega Ruca Malen is a boutique winery in Mendoza, Argentina, producing elegant, stylish wines from classic grape varieties. Ruca Malen, meaning “the house of the young girl,” takes its name from an indigenous legend of the Mapuche Indians. A young tribal woman looked up to the heavens and fell in love with a handsome god. He gifted her a house, overlooking the world’s splendors.

The founders, Jean Pierre Thibaud and Jacques Louis de Montalembert, share familial relations to some of France’s foremost winemaking houses. From their time spent together at Chandon Argentina, Thibaud and Montalembert saw the incredible potential of Mendoza as a winemaking region and endeavored to produce wines that drew from their French heritage while uniquely expressing Mendoza’s incredible terroir. They recruited enologist Pablo Cúneo, who’s intimate knowledge of Argentinean terroirs and winemaking expertise has led him to be one of the most respected winemakers in Mendoza.

Ruca Malen’s vineyards are located in the top quality Lujan de Cuyo area of Mendoza. Planted at between 800 and 1100 metre's above sea level, the vines benefit from the high-altitude UV light that helps concentrate vital grape components, while cool night-time temperatures prolong the ripening process, preserving delicate acidities and enhancing flavour.