2016 Harvest Report | Reporte de Cosecha 2016

Texts by Leonardo Erazo – Winemaker In the wine world some years are remembered way more than others, 2016 in Mendoza will definitely be a much remembered year!!! This harvest has been defined mainly by the low average temperatures which made it a cool year. This is unusual for Mendoza, which is typically dominated by sunny days, high…

The 2016 Harvest…so far| Atravesando la Vendimia 2016

The 2016 Harvest will be remembered due to its challenges.  An atypical rainy year in Mendoza, thanks to the whimsical “El Niño” current that has put vintners and winemakers to the test.  This vintage can deliver great, different wines… wines with the potential to be extraordinary. But how the 2016 wines will turn out, we still…

Revealing Potential| Revelando el Potencial

When Alberto Antonini and Attilio Pagli tasted Malbec 20 years ago, Argentina’s current key grape was at its historical lowest. Recognizing it as Mendoza’s bonanza, they conceived Altos Las Hormigas as a Malbec specialist since they did not think it was possible to learn about the Argentine expression of Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah, etc. at the…

Wine Spectator Top100 : A Meaningful Award | Un Gran Reconocimiento

For the fourth time in our history, Altos Las Hormigas is given to enter the prestigious Wine Spectator’s Top 100. Uco Valley’s Malbec Reserve 2011 ranks 42nd among a selection of the most exciting wines currently on the market. Por 4ta vez en nuestra historia , la prestigiosa revista Wine Spectator nos destaco en su…

A New Line in our History| Una linea nueva en nuestra historia

This week Altos Las Hormigas released the first wine of its new line “Appellation”: Altos Las Hormigas Appellation Vista Flores 2009. It was presented to the press, distributors and sommeliers during their annual Terroir Day in the Four Seasons Hotel in Buenos Aires. Altos Las Hormigas lanzó esta semana el primer vino de su línea “Appellation”: Altos Las…

In Concert | En Concierto

In many regards, thoughtful winemaking could be compared to jazz music. It always starts with an old tune: ancient Altamira or high Vista Flores, composed long ago by the Andes; and requires good instruments: a gentle destemmer to avoid wrong notes, a gravity tank filler for delicate pieces, and foudres to give it resonance without…

Working with Gravity | Trabajando con Gravedad

It was a very happy day when this giant piece of steel arrived at the Bodega. At first glance it may not scream TERROIR! but soon, it will. Fue un día muy feliz cuando este pedazo  de acero gigante llegó a la Bodega. A primera vista, quizas no grite TERROIR! pero pronto lo hará. It is…

Arrival of the Malbec Reserve | Llegada del Malbec Reserve

See those little red bins? You might recognize them from the previous post celebrating the harvest of Dyonisos Vineyard. Puede visualizar los tachos rojos? Es posible reconocerlos desde el post anterior donde celebramos la cosecha de la finca Dyonisos. These are the bins we affectionately refer to as amados tachos, or beloved bins.  Whenever you…

Beloved Bins of Dyonisos | Los Amados Tachos de Dyonisos

Despite the million tiny details that run through the mind of agronomist Mauricio Gonzalez and his team during harvest, there is one in particular that rules the rest for Harvest 2013: respect the terroir. A pesar de los millones de detalles pequeños que pasan por la mente del ingeniero agrónomo Mauricio González y su equipo…

Biodynamic Field Day | Un Día Biodinámica

It was a big day at Altos Las Hormigas, for some of us the first day of hands-on work with Alan York and a full immersion in biodynamic viticulture. Fue un gran día en Altos Las Hormigas, para algunos de nosotros el primer día de trabajo de cerca con Alan York y una inmersión total…

The New Vineyard is Planted: The Ants are Thankful

How cool is it to plant a new vineyard in a virgin, previously untouched site? Where in the world can you be part of such a unique experience, and still expect to make serious wine? Mendoza is that place. Qué tan bueno es plantar un viñedo nuevo en un sitio virgen, sin la influencia de…

Planning A Vineyard | Planear Un Viñedo

Over the past 5 years as we defined the Terroir Project, we’ve shifted our philosophy to focus more on making site-specific, personal wines, in an increasingly more organic, biodynamic way. As you might guess, this is a slow, patient endeavor that has required adopting many new practices and gradually converting our team, our vineyards and our…

Budbreak | Brotación

There is something hopeful and satisfying about budbreak. Vitality returns to the vineyards and with a tiny speck of green, the master wheels are turning. It’s time. Hay algo esperanzador y satisfactorio en la brotación. La vitalidad vuelve a los viñedos y con una nota de color verde, las ruedas empiezan a girar. Todo comienza….

A Little Secret | Un Secretito

Locals in Mendoza affectionately refer to the time between harvests as the “low season.” The days are short and quiet, the temperature is cool, the pace is slow and the vineyards are bare… except for a couple telling signs of last year’s life. La gente local en Mendoza cariñosamente se refiere al tiempo entre cosechas…

Altos Las Hormigas, Hoy

Cada año al final de la cosecha recuerdo y pienso en la cosecha anterior y todas las que hemos pasado. No hay fortuna más grande que seguir, después de diecisiete años de desempeño, gozando de una genuina y espontanea motivación al trabajo diario, este es el mayor de los regalos que tenemos que agradecer a Mendoza y…

Wild Yeasts Gone Wild | Las Levaduras Rebeldes

Here at ALH we believe in a certain way of winemaking: listen to the grapes and follow them on their personal and beautiful journey to become wine. We choose our grapes plot-by-plot, and we work individually with each batch of grapes, in its own tank, its own personality. Every day, twice a day, we taste…

Multicultural Blind Tasting: Where Do We Stand?

The technical team at Altos Las Hormigas is constantly tasting; comparative tastings, vertical tastings, blind tasting… they all help define our vision and goals. The impetus for this month’s multicultural wine tasting was based on a curiosity in comparing what Argentina is capable of producing, to those well-known wines of Montalcino and Rioja, areas of…

Hormigas in a Pit | Hormigas en una Calicata

“Como no entendemos NADA ! Lo queremos saber TODO! Calicatas y mas calicatas!” “We do not understand anything! We want to know everything! Pits and more pits!” -Mauricio Gonzalez, Viticulturist Just this past week we unveiled the new 2007 Single Vineyard Vista Flores Malbec, which will be released in the coming months. It is beautiful…intriguing…complex….

Hands On Harvest: A Family Affair

When it’s time for harvest, it’s time! Saturday is family day, everyone helps in the making of our Single Vineyard wines… even the little ants. The spirit is high during a long day working together, family and all.  Everyone understands the importance of this step for the quality of the single vineyard wines…. The full…

Vista Previa: FULL DAY TERROIR | Preview: FULL DAY TERROIR

El 22 marzo, los periodistas y sommeliers de Buenos Aires y Santiago siguieron Pedro Parra y las Hormigas para una día FULL TERROIR. On March 22nd, the top journalists and sommeliers from Buenos Aires and Santiago joined Pedro Parra and Team of Ants for a Full Day of Terroir. Siga Harvest 2012 para todos las detalles.|Follow the Harvest 2012 for a full recap.

Malbec y Tapas: Raíces Españolas, Estilo Argentino

La armonización o “maridaje”, consiste en lograr la mejor combinación entre el menú y el vino. Un maridaje perfecto debe mejorar ambos, el vino y la comida. Es un juego de equilibrio y a veces, instinto. Se necesita solamente buen gusto para disfrutar. Estos son algunos de nuestros maridajes preferidos con los vinos que consideramos ideales…

Harvesting Vista Flores | Cosechando a Vista Flores

Today we harvest Vista Flores, a region tucked directly below the Andes in the Uco Valley. Contrary to the warm, red and orange landscape of the desert-like Lujan de Cuyo, this quintessential Mendoza scenery feels as though it may have been plucked straight from a storybook. Mountains tower over vines, the snow-capped peaks just barely visibly through…

Full Moon Harvest | Cosecha de Luna Llena

Update from Leonardo Erazo, Enologist: “The arrival of our first potential Single Vineyard of the harvest 2012! Trucks carefully arrive, all in line, disciplined and orderly like ants marching… …stunning grapes deserve LOTS of work from the whole team, getting them as clean as possible… …while day becomes dusk, dusk becomes night. Time forms its own rules…

Microvinification | Microvinificación

Microvinification is a winemaking technique used often for experimental batches of wine where the wine is fermented in small, specialized vats. Microvinification allows a viticulturist to express the most natural, unadultered characteristics of a single terroir, or vineyard block.

Harvest For A Day | Cosecha Por Un Día

In Mendoza, Argentina Harvest 2012 has arrived. Harvest is the culmination of a year’s worth of work, preparation, anticipation, and often anxiety. You can work in the industry all your life and still never work a harvest. It’s a bit like eating food that you don’t know the origin of. To truly appreciate a wine,…

Terroir Tour with Pedro Parra | Terroir Tour con Pedro Parra

Along the Altos Las Hormigas journey we have seen vineyards that seemed to have all the perfect characteristics: climate, altitude, vine age, care, balanced canopies, yet they couldn’t deliver the wine that we were looking for. At the same time, other sites, with poor management, ill design, and young age, managed to deliver the best…

Veraison: Finca Altos Las Hormigas

There are crucial decisions to be made just prior to veraison, as this is the time where the viticultural team has an opportunity to reduce the yield. This process is known as “green harvesting,” as excessive bunches of green berries are removed and dropped to the ground. The aim here is to ensure that each…