Tupungato - with a fashionable cooler climate on the slopes of the Andes.
Tupungato encompasses the ideal microclimate for the slow ripening of fruits,
with a sharp
contrast between daytime and nighttime temperatures, which allows the wine to find its utmost
Consultant winemaker, Michel Rolland, has worked with Finca Sophenia since the first vinification.
Finca Sophenia’s vineyards were planted over 124 hectares of the best virgin
soil of this part of
the world. This is a sandy and rocky soil with excellent natural drainage.
An area of the vineyard has been reserved for the Malbec plants raised in
clones that were chosen for their aromatic properties, and whose stalks come from
the most representative vineyards of this unique region, where the Malbec finds a very clear
The irrigation water comes from the Andes’ thaw. The system that distributes
it was structured
to obtain small grapes and a low production per hectare. In this way, the results are wines of
great complexity, high fruit concentration and capable to age well.
Harvest is only made at dawn by hand when temperature is low, within the
environment of the Andes.
The first selection process is carried out at the vineyard: grapes are
harvested in low-height
boxes with a capacity of only 15 Kg, so as to avoid causing any damage to the berries. A second
selection is performed at the entrance of the cellar where the best grape bunches are chosen for
With a distinctive architectural profile, the winery is equipped with the
latest French technology
related to the reception, crushing, pressing and vinification processes.
White grapes are cooled before they are crushed, and sometimes, skin contact
is performed, for
a short period of time, in order to achieve a good extraction of the aromas.
Crushed red grapes are placed by gravity in stainless steel vats. They are
cooled to make a cold
pre-maceration process to extract the finest aromas and flavours, and later they are vinified with
Post-fermentation macerations are generally long to allow the extraction of
the best properties
from the grapes skins.
The wines are aged in French or and American oak barrels. Over 350 barrels fill the heart of the small cellar, which was chosen to make a limited production of the highest quality.www.sophenia.com.ar