The main differences with traditional winemaking are both the origin and the soil. Its location in the southeast of the province of Buenos Aires defy tradition by moving away from the classic wine growing regions of the country. The presence of limestone originated from the remains of marine fossils, oceanic influence, and climate, are the perfect complement for the development of exceptional products of unrivaled quality.
Initially, Mr. Tommy Hughes guided the first decisions regarding where and how to develop the vineyard. And that is how, after traveling to the area, he found a unique scenery in “El Vallecito” with the presence of the hills and the spring wind, which after the rains, guarantee the air circulation and health of the grape vines.
Accompanying the growth of the vineyard and with the aim of gaining greater knowledge of the terroir, we collected climate data from the region and the estate. After a thorough analysis of the samples taken at the site, the conclusions pointed to the fact that the terroir “El Vallecito” had great similarities with the Champagne area in the French Burgundy region. The presence of active limestone, a key element that is difficult to find in other regions, confers minerality and unique features to the wine.
Initially the project had red varietal wines like Merlot, Tannat, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc (chosen for their short cycles), Bonarda and Malbec (chosen for their preference) and a single white variety, Chardonnay. Then in 2014, Lydia and Claude Bourguignon, founders of the Laboratory for Microbiological Soil Analysis (LAMS) and experts in the study of cultivated soil profiles, contributed to restoring biodiversity to optimize the quality and typicity of the grape, and consequently, the wine. Due to the combination of climate and relief, it was decided that in this area, it would be ideal to produce sparkling wines and white wines such as Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. Therefore, the project was expanded including, apart from those varietals, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Albariño; each of them in different years. After several tests and trying out different vinification methods, we decided to focus on the production of white wines and sparkling wines of the highest quality.