Las Bodegas had already been in business for 10 years before we finally found a Patagonian winery that we could happily call our own.
Why? Well, firstly, there aren't actually that many producers. Secondly, as always, it was never going to be a box ticking exercise; the wines had to be spot on and, with Aniello, we are very happy we've found something really special. Whatever preconceptions we might have had about Patagonia, it certainly proved to be very different indeed from Mendoza; so very green, the Andes conspicuous by their immediate absence, a huge river running right through the vineyards, at only 600 metres above sea level. Only?
With vines grown near the little town of Mainqué in the Upper Río Negro Valley this is a relatively small, 'new' venture encompassing old pre-phylloxera Malbec vines and a winery originally established in 1927. (In fact the first ever vine plantings in Argentina were planted in Patagonia.)
Santiago Bernasconi and his team have renovated the old, beautiful little winery and have breathed new life into the vineyard. The wines themselves represent the modern face of Patagonia - fresh, lean, elegant and beautifully concentrated. We are delighted to bring you these, our first ever wines from Patagonia. It was definitely worth the wait.