The Finca "ALTA BONANZA de los Andes" (registered trademark) is located in the valley of Calingasta-Barreal in the San Juan Province of Argentina. Protected by the Precordillera to the east with elevations reaching more than 4000 meters and the high Andes to the west with its peaks of almost 7000 meters, the Finca of ALTA BONANZA nests as a green island on the riverbanks of the Rio de los Patos (Ducks' River) at roughly 1550 meters above sea level.
As of September 2007 several wine varieties are growing in ALTA BONANZA de los Andes: Torrontés, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Syrah. While the 2006 vintage was sold as grapes to bodegas in San Juan, the first own wine making started in 2007 in collaboration with the bodega Altos de la Rinconada, guided by the enologist Patricio Vilanova. A total of 8100 bottles of Torrontés white wine were bottled and labeled, destined for customers in Argentina and Germany. The pure and organic quality of the wine has received positive feedback from friends and costumers.
While small volumes of red wine were processed for testing purposes in 2006 and 2007, this process has grown in the years as the boutique bodega was constructed in 2007 and ready for on-site wine-making as of the 2008 vintage. As is customary for new world wines, we proceed with a scientific approach to our winemaking, employing state-of-the-art stainless-steel tanks for the wine elaboration. Methods, such as these, allow us to highlight the unique flavors that our “high-altitude” grapes develop.
In the years to come additional red wine will be planted on the finca, to further increase the amount of red varietal production.
We have a global costumer base and have already made shipments of our wines to costumers in Germany and the United Arab Emirates. Selected red wine varieties will be made available through a distinguished wine distributer in Germany.