2018 Harvest Report | Reporte de Cosecha 2018

The day begins; harvest season is in full swing. The sun and the moon meet under the same sky, one rising in splendour from the plains, the other edging down towards the Andes range.   El día comienza. Estamos en Vendimia. Como dos caras de una misma moneda el sol y la luna se encuentran…

2017 Harvest Report | Reporte de Cosecha 2017

All in all we can declare ourselves happy with the 2017 vintage, after a 2016 that was arguably 50% short in quantities of fine varieties in Argentina. In 2017 the climate transition from “El Niño” to “La Niña” pushed temperatures creating heat waves during most of January. Following our belief in early harvest we started…

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…

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…

Irrigation | Riego

This might seem like an unglamorous topic… perhaps a bit, geeky? However, irrigation is the lifeline of your vineyards. In some regions it simply is not possible to let Mother Nature take over. In modern winemaking long gone are the days of rain dances and appealing to the Rain Gods. Instead, irrigation is implemented. All…

Fruit Set: Finca Altos Las Hormigas

About 40-80 days after bud break, just following flowering, we start to see fruit set. This is our first glimpse of the fertilized flowers that have developed into berries.  The stage leading up to fruit set is directly related to climate, humidity, high temperatures, health of the vine, and water stress- all of which can…

Bud Break | Brotación

The vine begins the process of bud break and the first sign of green in the vineyard emerges. Every viticulturist waits for this moment. The energy to facilitate this growth comes from reserves of carbohydrates stored in roots and the wood of the vine from the last growth cycle. Eventually the shoots sprout tiny leaves that…