With its San Pablo Sin­gle Vine­yard Chardon­nay Sa­len­tein con­tin­ues lead­ing world class viti­cul­ture in the Uco Val­ley

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From the be­gin­ning, the Uco Val­ley’s charm­ing and unique per­son­al­ity shaped founder Myn­dert Pon’s vi­sion for pro­duc­ing the high­est qual­ity wines, and in­spired his mis­sion to po­si­tion the Uco Val­ley as a world-class wine re­gion. In 1996, Pon ar­rived in the Uco Val­ley with the in­ten­tion of not only found­ing a win­ery, but also of trans­form­ing the re­gion; it was his long term vi­sion and com­pre­hen­sive view that were key to the re­gion’s trans­for­ma­tion. It was in this way, with a pas­sion for his work, love for the land and com­mit­ment to his peo­ple that, twenty years later, the Uco Val­ley be­came Ar­gentina’s most recog­nised wine­grow­ing re­gion in the world.

From its vine­yards, Bode­gas Sa­len­tein pro­duces one of the most highly awarded wines on an in­ter­na­tional level. Over time, the win­ery has pro­pelled knowl­edge of the Uco Val­ley, plant­ing grape va­ri­eties at all heights and across dif­fer­ent types of soils in the Uco Val­ley, mak­ing the most of its es­tate which ranges from 1,050 to 1,700 me­ters above sea level.

From 2015 Sa­len­tein is lead­ing (with some neigh­bor winer­ies) the cre­ation of a new GI “Ge­o­graphic In­di­ca­tion” (IG Indi­cación Geográ­fica in Span­ish) called San Pablo which is lo­cated in the up­per reaches of the Uco Val­ley, rang­ing from 1,175 to 1,720 me­ters above sea level.

In 1996 Sa­len­tein bought an es­tate called “San Pablo” and was the first win­ery to de­velop this re­gion plant­ing vine­yards of Pinot Noir, Chardon­nay, Sauvi­gnon Blanc and ex­per­i­men­tal Mal­bec rang­ing from 1,400 up to 1,600 me­ters above sea level, in one of the cold­est cli­mate in Ar­gentina. This ‘oa­sis’ mi­cro­cli­mate is a com­bi­na­tion of al­ti­tude (which pro­vides per­fect ther­mal am­pli­tude), the Vil­le­gas snowmelt creek, an­nual rain­fall of 450 mm, and su­perb soil struc­ture. The ‘Vil­le­gas’ snowmelt creek crosses the 400 hectare San Pablo Es­tate, de­liv­er­ing pure moun­tain water while the al­lu­vial soils of San Pablo, with some cal­care­ous stones, sand, lime, and a small pro­por­tion of clay, rest on rocky sub­soil pro­vid­ing op­ti­mal water re­ten­tion and ex­cel­lent drainage. Th­ese spe­cial con­di­tions in San Pablo al­low our grapes to de­velop con­cen­trated fla­vors in the grapes with bal­anced sug­ars, polyphe­nols and acids, re­sult­ing in very re­fined and fresh wines with great nat­u­ral acid­ity. The com­bi­na­tion of San Pablo’s unique con­di­tions and mi­cro-cli­mate pro­duces world class Chardon­nay, Pinot Noir and Sauvi­gnon Blanc, as well as fresh flo­ral and lively ex­pres­sions of Mal­bec.

Our wines com­ing from th­ese dis­tinc­tive re­gion has been rec­og­nized by the most rel­e­vant wine crit­ics around the world with con­sis­tent 90+ scores over the last 5 years.

Be­low: Sa­len­tein’s sin­gle vine­yard Chardon­nay vines are the high­est in San Pablo at 1600 me­ters above sea level

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