About us

Our Story

Terrazas de los Andes’ journey to where the earth meets the sky began in the 1990s, when adventurous French viticulturist Hervé Birnie-Scott ventured into the high-altitude terraces of the Andes. Armed only with a WWI-era altimeter, Hervé set out to create fresh, site-specific wines from the most extreme reaches of this magical, mountainous place. This is when he earned the nickname“el loco frances” (the crazy Frenchman) for his years-long quest to capture the pure, fresh taste of the Andes from these high-risk but high-reward elevations.
Today, Terrazas de los Andes farms a breathtaking mosaic of 200+ high-altitude vine terraces, irrigated precisely with pristine glacier water. With Malbec in the spotlight, the wines are full-bodied but elegantly aromatic and bright.
The adventure continues: perennially curious and always exploring, Terrazas de los Andes believes that new wine frontiers are yet to be discovered.
People of Terrazas de los Andes at the red wine Malbec winery in Mendoza, Argentina.

1959

Moet & Chandon arrives in Argentina

The legendary winery opens its first subsidiary outside of France in Argentina, making history as the first ever French winery investment in Latin America.

1990

A longstanding history

As of the late 1980’s, most of the vineyards in Mendoza were producing conventional wines in the warm Eastern and Northern regions.

1991

‘El loco Francés’ arrives in Mendoza

Seeing the opportunity to transform Argentina’s winemaking industry, Chandon’s president Jean-Pierre Thibaud appointed a young French agronomist by the Hervé Birnie-Scott to lead the charge. During this time, the locals affectionately dubbed Hervé “El loco Frances” for his undaunted persistence in never-before-explored regions

1995

1991 - 1995 A Years-long Quest

Hervé and his team explored the foothills of the Andes using a traditional military altimeter to investigate the influence of altitude on terroirs. They rediscovered Las Compuertas, one of Mendoza’s oldest vineyards, and the Uco Valley, planting at higher altitudes than ever before.

1996

Terrazas de Los Andes is born

The year 1996 ushered in a new elegant style of Malbec as the first vintage of Terrazas de Los Andes Reserva.

2000

An Industry Milestone

By the turn of the century, Terrazas de Los Andes was leading in fine wine exports from Argentina.

2022

The Drinks Business Green Awards

Our sustainability commitments are internationally recognized Terrazas de los Andes in “The Drinks Business Awards”, having obtained the Water Management Award, and our founder, Hervé Birnie-Scott was awarded as “Green Personality of the year”!

2023

Hervé Birnie-Scott, within The Top 100 Winemakers In The World

Our founder and Estate Director, Hervé Birnie-Scott”, is recognized in the “Master Winemaker 100” from The Drinks Business, a guide that celebrates the top 100 winemakers behind the world’s award-winning wines.

About us

Our people

We inherited our passion from the pioneers of French-influenced Argentinian winemaking, and assembled a team of wide-ranging talent and abundant enthusiasm, all in the service of excellence. We’re ambitious and intentional with a shared adventurous spirit– and each of us plays an essential role in ensuring the consistent style and quality of our wines.

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Our Vineyards

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MOUNTAIN WINES

Born where the earth meets the sky, Terrazas de los Andes wines magically capture the pure, fresh taste of the Andes in Argentina. Cultivated in unique terroirs, in harmony with the mountain life we guard, our high-altitude Argentinian wines are layered, yet surprisingly elegant and bright. Come and explore the wines of our breathtaking mountain world.
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