High in the Andes mountain range Mount Aconcagua, which stands at over 6900 meters (22,000 ft), overlooks a vast, green oasis of vineyards called Mendoza. The region’s semi-desert climate, which produces large temperature differentials – a very hot daytime and very cool nights – and abundant run off water from the snow-capped Andes, makes it particularly suited for the cultivation of high quality grapes.
Finca Altos Las Hormigas is situated in Luján de Cuyo about 800 meters (2600 ft.) above sea level, facing the Andes to the east, protected westward by a minor geological fold. The Estate is 206 hectares (530 acres), of which 40 hectares (100 acres) are planted with Malbec and 5.6 hectares (15 acres) with Bonarda. At the heart of the property stands the 2,000 square meter cellar, which is designed to have minimal impact on the land, but to achieve the best technical conditions in winemaking.
Jardin Altamira is our new vineyard in the Uco Valley. It was planted on virgin soil, in a selected area within Paraje Altamira appellation, where super calcareous, stony plots with 7% to 10% active limestone were found by our Terroir specialists. We acquired 55 Ha (136 acres) in 2011 and planted 32 Ha in 2017. The vineyard was conceived with a groundbreaking concept of biodiversity in mind, developed to highlight Terroir in its purest form. Organized in small plots by Terroir units: 22 plots for 32 Ha, it was farmed organic from the start. All the plots are interspersed with native flora, to break the monoculture and invite all wild species to populate the area. Jardin Altamira is a truly one-of-a-kind vineyard, the next revolution introduced by Altos Las Hormigas to argentine winemaking and viticulture.
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