Gouguenheim Winery, Mendoza, Argentina
Seventy kilometers from the city of Mendoza, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, lays one of the best kept secrets in the Uco Valley, called GOUGUENHEIM WINERY
Born in Argentina to French parents, Patricio Gouguenheim's love for wine started at the age of 7 when he was given a little bit of wine (mixed with sparkling water!) with every meal. No doubt this was a catalyst for him entering the world of wine later on in life. During the years 1999 to 2002, Patricio's job (mergers and acquisitions) took him to Mendoza, now the epicenter of Argentina's wine industry. It was at that time when he envisioned that it was the right time for Argentine wines to gain international reputation in the world markets.
It was during the year 2002, when Argentina went into a big economic crash and GDP collapsed that he decided to enter the wine market (as everyone else was leaving...). He found a very old winery located in the Uco Valley, with a lot of small tanks ideal for the production of high quality wines, and that was the start of his venture in this wonderful, crazy business! He hung up his suit and tie, and started working in the great outdoors.
Since its beginning the winery has become one of the best performing/top quality wineries in Argentina.
The grapes come from a 98 acres vineyard, in the Uco Valley, Mendoza. Located at over 3.600 feet above see level, this region has a desert climate with 320 days of sun exposure a year and big temperature amplitude between day and night. The soils are sandy and the water comes from the snow of the Andes Mountains by irrigation. All these exceptional conditions allow a perfect ripening of the grapes.