MENDOZA THE AMAZING
Our Mendoza winery opened in 2002 and is headed by Valeria Antolin, who is the heart of our operations. Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, our vineyards rely on irrigation from the pure waters melting from their snow-crested peaks. This is a significant aspect of what makes our wines exquisite. Valeria has been with Piattelli since the beginning and now claims tribute to our award-winning line of wines – produced from century old vines. Our Mendoza winery is the production hub for the majority of our varietals with a 40,000 case capacity. These vineyards are USDA certified organic as there is no need for pesticides as the area is pest-free due to naturally low-humidity and high altitudes. According to winemaker, Valeria Antolin, it's impossible to make world-class wine unless you start with world-class grapes. “The best technique in the world won't make up for an environment not perfectly suited to a given varietal (variety of grape),” she says. That's why Piattelli has been so careful to choose ideal locations to establish its vineyards. Currently Piattelli grows its grapes in three areas within two regions. In the Mendoza region we grow our grapes in two different locations: Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, Tupungato, & West Valle de Uco. These areas lie directly east of the Argentine/Chilean range of the Andes Mountains and therefore are sheltered from the salty Pacific ocean-front climate.
AGRELO, LUJÁN DE CUYO
Piattelli's main Winery is in the town of Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, a small town 45 minutes outside the major city of Mendoza. Though our winery is in a small winemaking town, the Province of Mendoza is the largest winemaking region in South America. Lujan de Cuyo received Argentina's first Appelation d'Origine Controlee for their winemaking prowess of the Malbec grape. Piattelli's Grand Reserve, Premium Reserve Malbec and Rose of Malbec grapes are grown here, and yield some of the best Malbec wines in the market.
TUPUNGATO, WEST VALLEY DE UCO
Travel another 20 miles beyond the Piattelli winery in Agrelo, you will enter Tupungato; at nearly 4,000ft above sea-level, it has a higher elevation than both Agrelo and Mendoza City. Our vineyards in Tupungato grow Piattelli's Premium and Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon grapes as well as the Premium Chardonnay grapes.
PIATTELLI HEAD WINEMAKER
Valeria Antolin was born in Mendoza Argentina and she comes from a family of winemakers. She is a 4th Generation winemaker. She studied at the Liceo Agrícola y Enológico, where she graduated with an agricultural winemaking degree. Next she graduated as an agronomist engineer at the Facultad de Ciencias Agronómicas of the Natinaol University of Cuyo. She won a scholarship to take some courses in Purpan University in France.
She produced a harvest with the large Foncalieu Cooperative, south of France, taking charge of classifying vineyards. She also produced a harvest in Oregon, in the United States. In Mendoza she started in the business at a young age with her father in the manufacturing of sparkling wine, then she worked in Viña Cobos and Dolium and finally became technical Director at Piattelli Vineyards in 2003. She currently takes charge of not only winemaking but also overseeing the vineyards.
Click image for info on our Mendoza Wines