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Hans Vinding-Diers, winemaker and partner at Bodega Noemìa

“It is crucial that Argentina’s producers keep making serious wines”

December 20, 2011 by Laura Saieg | in News, Opinions

Today, this globe-trotting winemaker of the New and Old World is highly recognized for the quality of his products. Together with Countess Noemi Marone Cinzano, famous Italian wine producer, he has been making for 10 years Bodega Noemìa’s wines.

Bodega Noemìa de Patagonia’s project emerged in 1998, from the finding of an old Malbec vineyard, planted in the 1930s in the Rio Negro Valley.

Partners in this wine project and in life, Hans Vinding-Diers and Countess Noemi Marone Cinzano, perceived the suitability of the land and the valley’s perfect microclimate for high-quality winemaking.

What are the features of the vineyards?

The first plot we bought covered only 1.5 hectares, with a yield of 25 hectoliters per hectare. This is what I like most: as we produce low yield, we achieve wines with greater concentration.

In 2004, we purchased a 30-hectares vineyard and another one of 4 hectares called J. Alberto. Vines growing in of both estates were planted in 1955.

This way, these vineyards receive a thorough care and all work developed there are artisanal and biodynamic.

What are the main characteristics of Noemìa products?

I would say the x-factor, since they are original wines. They are the maximum expression of the vineyards, for that reason they are not products made by the winemaker, but by the terroir, with lots of pureness, character, power, and high complexity and concentration.

What are the winery’s products?

On the one hand, we make Noemìa, a product that is born in a 1932 vineyard, 100% Malbec. Then, we have J. Alberto, yielded from a 1955 vineyard. 95% of grapes grown there are Malbec and 5% Merlot.

Finally, Alisa, whose composition consists of 90% Malbec, 9% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Part of its grapes are from an own vineyard dating back to 2004, in Azul Valley.

Nowadays, we produce 80 thousand bottles, 15% of which is intended for the domestic market and the rest sent to 17 countries, being United States the main export destination. The retail prices of our products are the following: USD 23 (Alisa), USD 45 (J. Alberto) and USD 105 (Noemìa).

Do you think that Malbec will keep its excellent performance?

Although the Malbec boom is a real fact, little by little this grape variety has managed to gain world consumers’ attention, thanks to the outstanding quality of wines.

Therefore, it is crucial that Argentina’s producers become aware and keep making serious wines, because future lies in this aspect.

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