Our Mendoza Vineyards
High altitude vineyards where elevated peaks of the Andes lend to remarkable freshness and pure glacier water creates a refined, fruit-forward taste.
Our high-altitude vineyards
As pioneers of high-altitude viticulture, we aimed higher and explored the cultivation of vineyards among the Andean peaks when the benefits of altitude were not known. Our bold vision, optimism, and undaunted perseverance enabled us to capture a magic found only among the mountain elevation that lend to the singular freshness and elegance of our wines. Today, Terrazas de los Andes farms a breathtaking mosaic of 200+ individual high-altitude argentinian wine terraces growing mountain fruit, irrigated precisely with pristine glacier water.
Our high-altitude vineyards
Located in the Perdriel region on the southern bank of the Mendoza River, Los Aromos terrace has been cultivating Cabernet Sauvignon in Mendoza for over two decades. The vineyard soil is a sandy loam with gravel and clay throughout that restricts irrigation, forcing the roots to go deeper. Spanning 13 hectares at 1000 meters above sea level, Los Aromos is recognized worldwide for its continental expression.
Named for the irrigation channel that delivers water to the Vineyards, “el yaima” means “big channel” in the area’s native language. Located in the western department of San Carlos in the Uco Valley region of Mendoza, the vineyard lies 1000 meters above sea level. The large thermal amplitude of El Yaima provides a cool environment which lends to excellent aromatic characteristics for varietals such as Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Manseng and Syrah.
Planted in 1929 and located in the Luján de Cuyo region, Las Compuertas is considered the crown jewel of the Terrazas de los Andes vineyard portfolio. It is our oldest and most prestigious vineyard and is dedicated to the production of the finest and most expressive Malbec wines. The name is a reference to the first dams built during the viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata in 1785. At 1,070 meters above sea level, the prized Las Compuertas vineyard is the highest on the left bank of the Mendoza river.
Named after the luxuriant cherry trees that share the plot with the vines, Los Cerezos is a hilly block of Las Compuertas with ideal drainage and wide thermal amplitude with cool nights and sunny days. The signature trees are reminiscent of the intense red fruit of the wine produced in this vineyard.
At 1,100 meters above sea level and spanning 67 hectares, “El Pedregal” in Spanish refers to the notable large boulders present across the vineyard. Located in the Paraje Altamira region of the southern Uco Valley, the vineyard is representative of the winery’s innovation and the “new viticulture” of the region; although the area has been cultivated for many years, Terrazas de Los Andes was the first in this area to develop vineyards with state-of-the-art technology like drip irrigation, grafted rootstock, and advanced machinery.
Like the similarly tech-forward vineyard El Pedregal, the Los Castaños vineyard is located 1,100 meters above sea level in the Paraje Altamira region of the southern Uco Valley. Production across the 46 hectares of land provides grapes for Grand Malbec, Grand Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec Reserve. The striking chestnut trees that adorn the vineyard inspire the property’s name.
Caicayen spans 200 hectares in the El Peral and Gualtallary districts of Tupungato with an altitude of 1230 meters above sea level. The vineyard is not only the first Terrazas de los Andes vineyard in the Uco Valley but also the first in the Gualtallary region where the land benefits from drip irrigation. The north-south and east-west orientations of the vineyards offer special characteristics to the grapes destined for Grand Chardonnay.
One of the smallest parcels in Terrazas de Los Andes portfolio, Licán is also one of the most unique. Located 1,200 meters above sea level in Valle de Uco, the vineyard features undulating terrain, a result of a steep slope crossed by natural streams that run west to east. The steep slope and topography also facilitate the drainage of cold air which translates to a wide thermic amplitude and higher maximum temperature compared to vineyards of similar altitude. These features combined with a heterogeneous soil composition and high calcium carbonate content provide a spicy and aromatic flavor profile for its wines. The name Licán refers to the rolling stones of the mountains in the native language of Mapuche.
Cepas del Plata
Located 1,500 meters above sea level, the Cepas del Plata vineyard features medium grain sandy soil types with fluvial conglomerates unique to this area. The combination of soil, climate, and altitude are unique to the vineyards of Alto Peral appellation, providing a balanced oiliness to the white varieties it produces and a unique tannic structure to the high-altitude Malbecs. Additionally, Cepas del Plata cultivates wines with floral and fruity notes including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc, in addition to Malbec.
Located in the the most elevated stretches of the renowned Gualtallary appellation in the Uco Valley, El Espinillo is the highest productive estate in the area at 1,650 meters above sea level. The vineyard is maintained using drip irrigation and the extreme altitude’s cold climate and limestone-rich soil produce a unique Malbec expression in addition to Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay.
Located in the department of San Carlos in the Uco Valley region, los Peruanos lies 1,030 meters above sea level on the south bank of the Tunuyán River. Spanning 200 hectares with 69 hectares of cultivation, the vineyard is distinguished by a landscape of groves, willow trees, and poplar trees. The area is also rich in natural flora with evergreen grasses and jarillas, a native plant of South America. The vineyard’s soil textures range from sandy loam to loam and the substantial thermal amplitude offers a cool environment, providing excellent aromatic qualities and typicity.
Our newst vineyards, planned to be cultivated from 2023, stands 1,450 meters above sea level in Valle de Uco and its steep slope and topography facilitates the drainage of cold air which results in a high thermal amplitude and higher maximum temperatures compared to other similarly situated vineyards. Because the steep slope is crossed by natural streams that flow west to east, the plot is characterized by marked differences in soil including some sections with a very high calcium carbonate content.