Terrazas de los Andes

  • What began in 1959 as an experiment to make sparkling wines in Argentina’s Mendoza region has resulted in the exceptional high-altitude still wines of Terrazas de los Andes. Terazzas’s wines exemplify the varied terroirs and climates of Mendoza through its Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay plantings.

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  • In 1959, Champagne house Moët & Chandon decided to venture outside of Europe and established Bodegas Chandon to begin researching vineyards and winemaking in Mendoza, Argentina. This move represented both the first subsidiary of Moët & Chandon outside of France, and the first in Argentina by a French Champagne house. Forty years later, in 1999, Moët Hennessy and Bodegas Chandon founded Terrazas de los Andes winery. The company bought and restored an 1898 Spanish-style winery in the Lujan de Cuyo region for the production of still wines. Terrazas de los Andes is an exploration of both high-altitude wines and the regions best suited to growing specific grape varieties.

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  • Altitude has a huge impact on vineyards in Argentina due to its affect on day/night temperature variation. This variation results in wines with superior color and concentration, as well as rich aromas and flavors. With an emphasis on maximizing fruit expression, grape varieties have been carefully matched to specific vineyard elevations: Chardonnay (3,900 ft); Malbec (3,500 ft); and Cabernet Sauvignon (3,200 ft).

    The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard is located at 3,200 ft. elevation, and is densely planted with old, un-grafted vines. Irrigated with the pure water running from Andean glaciers, these old vines produce some of the most profound Cabernet Sauvignon in South America. Another vineyard source is the exceptional Las Compuertas vineyard on the Vistalba terrace, situated at 3,500 ft. elevation. This site utilizes densely planted un-grafted Malbec vines that were planted in 1929.

    The last vineyard is Tupungato, located on a wild, beautiful site south of the winery in the Uco Valley within Mendoza province. This vineyard was planted 10 years ago in the modern style with Chardonnay and a bit of Pinot Noir. Located at 3,900 ft. elevation, this vineyard provides an ideal environment for these delicate grapes.

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  • The black grapes are crushed and cold-soaked prior to cool temperature fermentation in stainless steel tanks. After a maceration of 2-5 weeks, depending on the requirements of the wine, it is pressed, blended and aged in barrel. During the aging process, the wines are racked every three months. The varietal wines are aged 6 months in cask, the Reservas around year for Malbec and Cabernet and 7–9 months for the Chardonnay.

    The Single Vineyard wines wines undergo a five-week, low-temperature fermentation and maceration, and both of the wines age around 18 months in barrel and another year in bottle prior to release.

    Chardonnay is harvested quickly and pressed gently to prevent any bitter flavors. In some cases, the fruit is tank-fermented, but for the Reserva wines, it is barrel fermented and aged in oak for six months on the lees, which are stirred weekly.

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  • Visit to learn about our latest collection of high-altitude wines. You'll find technical details, food pairings, and full tasting notes for all our wines - including some of our limited edition offerings.

    Altos del Plata Chardonnay
    In Mendoza, 3,900 feet above sea level there exists the ideal growing area for the vineyards that give origin to the Terrazas de los Andes Altos del Plata Chardonnay. It is the unique combination of altitude, dry soils, sunny climate and cool breezes from the Andes that allows the Chardonnay grape to become its most expressive.
    ("Altos del Plata" translates as "Heights of Silver")

    Altos del Plata Malbec
    At 3,500 feet above sea level our vineyards in Mendoza are in the ideal location for growing the grapes that create Terrazas de los Andes Altos del Plata Malbec. The regions particular microclimate allows us to obtain this intense and gentle Malbec.

    Altos del Plata Cabernet Sauvignon
    At 3,200 feet above sea level our vineyards in Mendoza are in the ideal location for growing the grapes that create Terrazas de los Andes Altos del Plata Cabernet Sauvignon. The region's microclimate provides unmatched conditions to grow Cabernet Sauvignon, obtaining a very fruity and expressive wine.

    Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Torrontés
    Our Torrontés is fruity and sensual, with an excellent acidity expressed in an outstanding freshness. With great aromatic and taste persistence, characteristic of this variety.

    Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Chardonnay
    Full-bodied, rounded and voluminous. This wine stands out for its smooth and complex structure, resulting in a long and lingering finish.

    Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec
    Full-bodied with a great structure, this wine stands out for its volume and silky mouth-feel. It is complex, boasting smooth, well-rounded tannins that give way to a staggeringly long and lingering finish.

    Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
    This wine is very rounded with great structure and concentration. The sweet tannins portray a smooth, vivacious wine with a full body, while the fruit and spices display an intensely aromatic bouquet.

    Terrazas de los Andes Single Vineyard Malbec
    This exquisite Malbec has been elaborated with grapes from our 70 year old vineyard "Los Compuertas", located at 3,500 feet above sea level. Produced in very limited quantities and only in exceptional years, this wine is the best expression of our vineyard and passion of our wine makers.

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