At Las Bodegas we have a soft spot for small, family owned wineries. People in the trade are forever banging on about the stories behind the wines and the people who make them, and quite right too!
Angulo Innocenti epitomizes the small family producer, and the story is wonderful. Two European vinegrowers, Pedro Angulo and Angel Innocenti, 19th century immigrants from the Basque country and Tuscany respectively, who moved to Argentina with thousands of other European settlers to plant their vines and carve out a living in the vast, dry plains of Mendoza. We met two of their great grandchildren, brother and sister Mariano and Maria Innocenti, in November 2014 to taste their wines.
The family vineyards at Finca Piedras Blancas (White Stones Farm) are in the very special terroir of La Consulta in the Uco Valley at around 1,050 metres above sea level. The name of the Finca
explains a lot, as there is a very high proportion of large white surface stones on the top soil which act as a kind of thermal blanket during the very chilly nights. The sandy / rocky subsoils (essentially calcareous) lend a distinctive minerality to the wines but, perhaps above all, it is the purity of the fruit that shines most. We hesitate to use the word 'sweet' lest it mislead but, well, that's what comes to mind - pure, natural sweetness, and purple jelly babies, buckets of purple jelly babies.
It's wonderful to see this 4th generation family business spring back to life with such clean, modern, finely judged, highly expressive wines and we are delighted to introduce them to the UK for the first time.