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…