I am a winegrower, and my goal is to express the terroir.
After searching extensively across several regions of Argentina, François Lurton planted his vines in the Uco Valley, in the foothills of the Andes Cordillera, at an altitude of 1,100 m, in semi-desert conditions (the poor, gravelly alluvial soil is reminiscent of Pessac-Léognan!). A pioneer of the Uco Valley, he built his winery, Bodega Piedra Negra, in the heart of 200 hectares of virgin land acquired in the middle of what, a few years later, would become the Geographical Indication of Los Chacayes. Drawing on expertise acquired all over the world, he immediately introduced environmentally-friendly growing methods, and has produced remarkable wines.
The Uco Valley, a wine oasis.
The Uco Valley lies 80 km south of the city of Mendoza, and runs alongside the legendary route 40. It was not by chance that we chose this southern valley. Scaling the foothills of the Cordillera, we were looking for cool, poor soil, and extreme conditions, which have proved to be excellent for wine production. Thanks to the microclimate of this high altitude desert, with very well-drained, relatively infertile, alluvial gravel soil, the wines of the Uco Valley, and especially those of Chacayes, have a unique personality, which combines freshness and concentration.