Dona Paula

Altitude Series 1350

Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Casavecchia form a complex trio within the famous Gualtallary terroir

The Dona Paula estate was founded in 1997. 100% of the grapes used to produce the wines come from their own vineyards. For many years they have carried out detailed studies of the soils and microclimates of Mendoza.

This vintage comes from 2 plots of Finca Alluvia, in Gualtallary , located at 1350 meters above sea level. The soils are sandy, with alluvial stones and limestone. The climate of the Uco Valley is characterized by mild days and cold nights, with a temperature range of 12.5°C. The harvest begins with Malbec and Casavecchia in mid-April and ends with Cabernet Franc in the end of the same month. The grapes are harvested by hand then delicately destemmed, without breaking the berries. Each grape variety undergoes cold maceration separately, in stainless steel vats, to extract the primary aromas. Once the alcoholic fermentation is complete, the blending is carried out and the aging takes place in new French oak barrels for 20% of the wine, for 16 months. This wine reveals aromas of violet , plums , wild strawberries , raspberries , blackberries , black cherries , leather , cinnamon , aromatic herbs and spices . The palate is generous and supple, with fine tannins and refreshing acidity.

Grape varieties : 50% Cabernet Franc, 45% Malbec, 5% Casavecchia

Alcohol : 14.5%

Guard : 5-10 years

A piece of beef braised over a wood fire, grilled meats in marinade, lamb skewers with thyme, game in sauce or a smoked Gouda.

Although Argentina is considered the "new world", its wine tradition is much older than one might think, dating back to the time of Spanish colonization, in the 16th century and then by Italian settlers. Unlike Chile, wine has long been part of the country's culture.

Over the past 20 years, the country's wine producers have increased quality levels and managed to consolidate an international export market. No wine-producing country in the world has made more progress in the last years of the 20th century (on the viticultural and oenological level, if not necessarily financially). Argentina has now become the fifth largest wine producing country in the world, after France, Italy, Spain and the United States.

Argentina is one of the most important wine-producing countries in the New World, and the largest wine producer in South America. The high-altitude deserts of the eastern Andes have given rise to a high-quality wine industry, and the terroir here is well suited to Argentina's adopted grape variety, the ubiquitous Malbec. Originally from Bordeaux, he is today responsible for some of the most famous Argentinian wines, which are characterized by their brightness and intensity, with floral notes and dark fruit flavors. Other red varieties produced in Argentina are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Bonarda, Syrah, Tempranillo and Pinot Noir. Among white wines, the emblematic grape variety of the Argentine wine region is Torrontés, which gives a wine with a floral and tropical taste. The country also produces Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.

Today, Argentinian wines are recognized throughout the world for their full-bodied reds and as high quality wines.


In the central-western part of Argentina, at the foot of the Andes, Mendoza concentrates 75% of all Argentina's vineyards and the largest number of wineries in the country. This makes it the most important wine province and one of the main production centers in the world. Mendoza has been cultivating vines since 1598 and this culture took on its full potential after the arrival of the railway in 1885.

The Andes record their highest peaks in Mendoza: at 6,959 meters, Aconcagua is the highest peak in America. The presence of the Andes, which acts as a barrier to the humid winds of the Pacific, added to the distance from the Atlantic Ocean, models the climate generating ideal conditions for the cultivation of vines. The altitude, the continental climate, the heterogeneity of the soils and the thaw water are key factors for the production of excellent quality wines, which add to a marked wine-growing tradition.

The sub-region: Uco Valley

The Uco Valley has the distinction of having some of the highest vineyards in the world at the very foot of the Andes and one of the most enchanting wine-growing landscapes. The main Argentinian grape variety, Malbec, shines there producing local red wines with a characteristic floral aroma. Cabernet franc is much less common, but great results have been achieved. Additionally, some of Mendoza's best white wines, made from Chardonnay and Torrontés, come from the Uco Valley vineyards. The relatively cool climate allows for a slower ripening period. Although considered part of the Mendoza region, the Uco Valley can be recognized in its own right in several ways. Not only is the wine zone distinct in terms of micro-climates, but the region is also home to many of Argentina's best producers.

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