The art of viticulture is intertwined with the subtleties of climate in dimensions beyond one’s imagination. This connection is a critical factor that shapes the destiny of the grapes and thus the quality of the wines produced. In each winery, risk management and strategic decisions during the vine cycle are fundamental to achieve the desired ripeness and finesse in each vintage.
Temperature: A Key Element for Vineyard Development
Mendoza, located between latitudes 33º and 37º, has ideal climatic conditions for viticulture. Temperature, being the most influential climatic factor, plays a crucial role in the vine’s metabolic development. With a photosynthesis cycle that unfolds between fifteen and thirty degrees Celsius, the Mendoza region clearly provides the perfect setting for vines to flourish.
However, temperature is not just an ally; it is a challenge to be managed with precision. A prolonged period of mild temperatures is essential to achieve the desired ripeness of the grapes, but temperatures above 35º C can halt the ripening process. Here, the winemaker’s mastery lies in finding the right balance, taking advantage of the thermal variations between day and night to enhance the quality and complexity of the grapes.
La amplitud térmica, marcada por la diferencia entre las temperaturas diurnas y nocturnas, se convierte en un aliado invaluable.
Altitude: The Art of Playing with Geography
Many of our vineyards are strategically located at altitudes of over a thousand meters above sea level. From Los Nobles at 1026 meters, through Los Miradores at 1070 meters, to Miralejos at 1085 meters.
This choice is not fortuitous. The altitude, beyond being a simple geographical datum, becomes a key resource to modulate the microclimate of our vineyards. Every 100 meters of elevation the average temperature lowers by approximately 0.6º, providing optimal conditions for the development of quality grapes. In this way, each vineyard, from its elevated position, contributes to the creation of exceptional wines that reflect the unique influence of Mendoza’s high altitudes.
Thermal Amplitude: The Secret of Wine Elegance
Thermal amplitude, marked by the difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures, becomes an invaluable ally. When this variation is significant, the grapes achieve an exceptional balance, preserving their acidity and structure. It is here that the unique character of Mendoza wines comes to life, thanks to meticulous attention to detail in managing thermal conditions.
In short, in the Mendoza region, the harvest is not just an act of picking; it is a harmonious choreography between the vineyard and the climatic conditions. The winery, with its in-depth knowledge of geographical and meteorological nuances, weaves a unique narrative into each bottle, celebrating the symphony of nature and human skill.