Terrazas de los Andes’ story began when Moët & Chandon, a company belonging to LVMH group, toured the world searching to establish its first vineyards outside France. In the late 1950’s, the luxury group’s Chief Winemaker, Renaud Poirier, chose Mendoza (Argentina) as the destination for its first international experiment.
Terrazas de los Andes was inaugurated in 1999 in Perdriel facing the impressive Cordón del Plata, where the cultivation of the best red grapes in Mendoza is concentrated.
More than 50 years of research and development on Mendoza’s terraced microclimates enabled Terrazas de los Andes to establish a philosophy based on Argentina´s primary advantage in the world of winemaking: the grape cultivation in high-altitude vineyards.
The winemaking team of Terrazas de Los Andes includes Nicolás Audebert (Winemaking Manager), Adrián Meyer and Gonzalo Carrasco (Winemakers) and Gustavo Ursomarso (Vineyards Manager).
The winery and its vineyards
Terrazas de Los Andes boasts 275 hectares of own vineyards located in Salta (Cafayate) and Mendoza (Tupungato, Luján de Cuyo, Maipú and San Carlos). The grape varieties growing there are: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Torrontés and Petit Manseng.
The winery has a crush capacity of 80,000 kilos per year and a vat capacity of 2,500,000 liters in stainless steel tanks and 3,000 liters in oak barrels. Its bottling line allows it to produce 3,000 bottles per hour and its storage capacity reaches 1,000,000 bottles.
Terrazas de Los Andes has obtained ISO 9001 standards, certified by Det Norske Veritas.
The winery’s wines
Terrazas de Los Andes makes three wine lines. The young line, “Terrazas de Los Andes Altos del Plata”, consists of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay. The winemaker highlighted: “these wines are perceived fruity and fresh, displaying an authentic varietal expression.”
The emblematic line of the winery is “Terrazas de los Andes Reserva” and it includes the same varietals of the young range plus Torrontés.
Finally, “Terrazas de los Andes Afincado” is the company’s prestige line and it encompasses Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tardío Petit Manseng (late harvest). Audebert commented: “these wines flaunt an outstanding varietal expression. Grapes are harvested at an ideal altitude and they are native to only one selected plot that houses very old and own vines.”
The result of efforts
From its beginning, Terrazas de Los Andes has achieved several awards thanks to its wines. The latest one was the recognition granted in Decanter World Wine Awards to 2010 Terrazas de Los Andes Reserva Torrontés as “World’s best aromatic dry wine”.
“We know this award is very important and we are grateful for having received it,” expressed Nicolás Audebert. Besides, he added: “we make wines easy to drink, enabling consumers to discover the magic behind the wine. The aim of our work is that consumers enjoy the wine; this is the basis of our efforts. If some of our wines are awarded, we are thankful for it.”