Passion for the Extreme
Vineyards,Wines & Experience
Extreme Altitude Wines
over 2,200 m.a.s.l.
About Extreme Altitude Wines
Many say that driving 9 hours into the mountains on dangerous dirt roads just to check on our grapes is crazy, but then they try the wine and they understand.
A small handful of Calchaqui Valley winemakers...
A small handful of Calchaqui Valley winemakers are currently producing wines from vineyards at the very limits of where grapes can be grown.
These vineyards are located in extremely isolated locations, making the time, resources and costs of sustaining the vineyards a challenge for even the most ardent oenologist.
Yet the superior quality of the wines produced warrants the effort as the extreme temperature variances, higher levels of solar radiation and the long maturation period results in highly concentrated and complex wines.
Among other studies, the Catena Institute found…
“Malbec at high altitude usually has more intense colour, a denser palate and a longer aging potential than its counterpart from low altitude. Also, it shows lower levels of alcohol and higher acidity, resulting in a more harmonious age worthy wine.”
Producing wines at extreme altitudes regards a rare dedication and willingness to bear the risks that the grapes won’t mature in time, before winter returns.
Agustín Lanús is an Argentine Agricultural Engineer, Sommelier and Master of Science in Viticulture and Oenology from the highly respected Vinifera EuroMaster program, completing his studies in Montpellier and Bordeaux, France and in Asti, Italy.
Before and after completing his master’s degree in Europe’s most prestigious wine-making program, Agustin worked in wineries around the world, including Ceretto, Alba, Italy; Chateau Beychevelle, Bordeaux, France; Rutini, Tupungato, Argentina; Bodega Burdigala, Toro, Spain; Lurton, Douro, Portugal; KWV, Paarl, South Africa.
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