A Guide to the Wines and Wineries of Argentina
Only a 20-minute drive from downtown Mendoza, Matervini was founded by Santiago Achával and Roberto Cipresso in 2008 with a mission to celebrate and promote malbec's rich complexity. "Sourcing grapes from various regions each reflecting their unique personalities," according to Achaval, "allows us to capture specific attributes from grapes growing in young to old geologies and from alluvial to non-alluvial soil."
When it comes to production, traditional finca viticulture and modern sustainability join forces. Solar panels generate electricity and heat while all organic waste is composted and returned to the vineyards. They give regularly scheduled tours and the on-site Mater House accommodates up to eight guests including one matrimonial suite and two rooms with three beds, making it perfect for family or friend group stays.
The winery itself is a modern architectural masterpiece featuring floor-to-ceiling plate glass windows, loads of Modernist paintings on the walls, and built-in terraces perfect for drinking in the views accompanied by wine samples. A perfect start would be their Antes Andes Valles Calchaquies malbec sourced from Rupestre Vineyard in Salta; it's fresh, full of fruit, and has a definitive minerality projecting an underlying luscious saltiness. The only way to purchase Matervini’s lineup outside Argentina is by joining theirWine Club, which features free shipping to the U.S...