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The grapes are hand picked at a very high sugar level and macerated with selected roots and herbs for 15 days. They are then fermented in stainless steel tanks and allowed to go through 100% malolactic fermentation. The reserve version is fortified with pure grappa and aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels.
Vinedo de los Vientos translates into the Vineyards of the Winds, as the vineyard is located at the intersection of the River Plate estuary and the Atlantic Ocean. The clean cool breezes provide an ideal climate for third generation winemaker Pablo Fallabrino to hand craft his wines. The son of Italian immigrants from Piedmont, he inherited the winery in 1995, and has impressed the critics with his dedication to making wines with the best of modern & traditional methods. Pablo often goes through the old family wine making logs and books for wine making inspiration. He practices minimal interventionist viticulture, respecting the environment and the surrounding wildlife.
Uruguay's wine culture began with the influx of Basque settlers in the last hlf of the 19th Century. These hardy folk brought with them the varietal Tannat, which they found to ripen far differently in this new, warmer & wetter climate. Largely a mass-production wine country, today finds several innovative younger producers taking advantage of the cooler regions to the south, where Antarctic air patterns provide cool nights and help drying the crop, thereby preventing the wet weather to rot the fruit.