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ARGENTINE WINEMAKER: LUCÍA VAIERETTI

Lucía Vaieretti grew up in Mendoza where her family has tended vines for more than 40 years. She worked in vineyards with her parents, brothers and sister when she was young. That was the foundation of her deep, and joyful, bond with Mendoza’s high desert vineyards. “Even then,” Lucía says, “I knew we were in a special place.

Lucía attended Don Bosco, the most prestigious school of viticulture and enology in South America. She’s been making wine for 12 years, much of it with Alamos, and took over as head of winemaking at Alamos in 2016.

BRINGING GENERATIONS OF MENDOZA WINEMAKING TO ALAMOS


“Alamos is such an exciting winery to be part of,” says winemaker Lucía Vaieretti. “It shows what Argentina and Mendoza wine can be. When I’m making wines, I’m trying to express the best things about our grapes and about each region.”

Lucía says her bond with Mendoza keeps growing. “This is a land of very bold qualities. We have sunshine and desert and our water comes from the snowmelt of our beautiful mountains,” she says. “People here really love our land.”

Lucía lives in Mendoza’s Uco Valley with her husband, Rodrigo Calatayud, who is also a winemaker. They have four young daughters and tend their own vineyard. “I love that my daughters get to grow up as I did, connected to the vines and our land,” Lucía says.

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EXPLORE OUR WINES

91pts from James Suckling
7 years in a row

Our 2020 Malbec is a robust symphony of dark fruit that captures the complexity of Mendoza’s iconic varietal. The color shows inky purple with a halo of black tulip. Pronounced notes of black cherry and blackberry integrate with finely grained spice and vanilla oak. Notes of wild berries and round tannins fill out the palate, leading to a long and velvety smooth finish with a touch of dried herbs. Delicious with wood-fired meat. A warm growing season during 2020 accelerated ripening and led to the earliest harvest on record. As a result, the berries harvested were small with expressive, concentrated flavors and ideal acidity.

The 2018 Alamos Selección Malbec, the pinnacle of their portfolio, showcases fruit from the Mendoza region. Bouquets of crushed dried violet and rich blackberry unfurl in the glass. On the palate, luscious notes of dark cherry and black plum meld with touches of black pepper and rich, subtle oak. A finely tuned structure and supple mouthfeel add depth and deliver a luscious finish. Tucked under the massive shoulders of the Andes Mountains in west central Argentina, the province of Mendoza is renowned as a winegrowing region. The high-altitude desert vineyards their roll upward into the foothills and toward the steep Andes’ peaks. Altitudes in Mendoza range from 3,000 to 5,000 feet, and that altitude means clear air and more sunlight for building flavors in the grapes. At night, cold air sweeps down from the mountains to give the grapes the structure and complexity to balance perfectly with the intense flavors.

Layers of blackberries, deep plum and blueberries meld together for a rich, saturated flavor in our 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon. Subtle hints of vanilla, clove and cracked peppercorn from oak aging and firm tannins add complexity. Our deep 2018 Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon offers a classic expression of the Argentinian influence on the variety.

Our 2020 Red Blend is a richly layered, dark red wine from Mendoza, one of Argentina’s renowned winegrowing regions. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bonarda leads the blend, bringing textured notes of dark cherry with a dash of sweet vanilla. Spicy notes of blackberry underscored by hints of toasted oak fill out the palate on the way to a long finish with a touch of dried herb.
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