A rescue mission for long-forgotten vineyards...
We’ve known Francisco (Pancho) Lavaque for many years. He is part of the Lavaque family, a well-known producer of wines from Cafayate in Salta in the far north of Argentina. In 2016 Pancho approached us to introduce a much smaller, rather special project he had recently begun working on, alongside much-acclaimed consultant winemaker Marcelo Pelleriti.
We saw, we tasted, we smiled, we bought, and the wines are being very well received in the trade.
A Vallisto is a person from the valley, fundamentally from Cafayate Valley. And this project is about expressing the virtues of the unique terroirs in and around this beautiful, remote area of Argentina. It is also a rescue mission, giving voice to long-forgotten vineyards and lesser-known grape varieties, pulling together a youthful, dynamic approach to winemaking and the kind of natural resources that take millennia to form. Pancho and his team are creating exciting, rare gems, often from very old vines, and they are crafting modern, elegant wines that are light on extraction and big on flavour and complexity.