Where we make our wine is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world. Mendoza in Argentina is widely regarded as one of the best red wine producing regions in the world and is the heart of South America’s wine country. At Austin Bailey we are always aiming for greatness in producing authentic wine that represents the diversity of Mendoza and wider speaking Argentina. There are a few factors that help us achieve this. The combination of the altitude at 1250 meters above sea level, the semi-desert like climate with around 300 days of sun per year, hot days, cool nights, alluvial soil with excellent drainage, and the purest aquifer in the region flowing freely to irrigate the vineyards. It’s all of these things that come together to create the ideal winemaking conditions.
Our vines have been planted and are growing at high altitude, approximately 1,085m above sea level in the Uco Valley, just 60 miles south-west of Mendoza, nestled at the feet of the breathtaking Andes. Being situated at the feet of the Andes not only makes for remarkable views, but the geography is important as it acts as a natural barrier protecting Mendoza from storms billowing straight off the Pacific Ocean. The very little rainfall also encourages struggling vines to produce smaller grapes but with a higher concentration and the cool nights improve the acidity of the fruit with irrigation sorted by the pure glacial water from the mountains.
If you have any more questions about the region, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!