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A Wild Wine Tasting in Argentina

On this day we head off to Clos de Los Siete, a collaboration of seven bodegas initiated in the early 2000's by Michel Rolland. The bodegas here are architecturally stunning, each designed in a way that reflects the individual winemakers, just like the designer wines made here. We first visited the wine making facilities of  Cuvelier Los Andes where we learned just how specific and sophisticated the art of wine making can be.
The winemaker at Cuvelier Los Andes shares his craft with our  Argentina  wine tour group.
He described how they take grapes from specific areas of their vineyards, combine various varietals mainly Malbec, but also from their own plantations of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot, blending each according to the winemaker's specifications. Then he showed us and explained the amazing technology behind it with automatic control systems in fermentation tanks capable of fermenting each parcel of vineyard individually under strict controls. Likewise, in the cellars with capacity for 1200 oak barrels there are two different  environments controlling humidity and temperature for the malolactic fermentation and the other for wine preservation according to each  blend of wine. Then it's off for a tasting...

The anticipation before the wine tasting begins...

During the wine tasting...."No, no, no, Scott, I definitely sense the violet florals
and a little bit of hay. You're from Spokane. Don't you sense the hay?"
After the tasting we all agree it's great wine!

See yourself at the table? Call us at 1-800-345-4453 about our Wines and Adventures in Argentina or about our plans for Wines and Wildlife of Africa in 2015!

keeping it wild,

Kurt Kutay
Check out a previous blog post from our trip to Argentina: The Full Terroir
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