The estate is known as a Malbec specialist with a reputation as one of the country’s top five producers of this particular variety. Winemaker Alberto Antonini and fellow Tuscan, Antonio Morescalchi, were so impressed with the vineyards in the area around Mendoza, following their first trip to Argentina in 1995, that they persuaded a few friends to join with them in buying this estate.
Altos Las Hormigas is based in Luján de Cuyo, the only officially recognised appellation in Mendoza and one of the region’s premier vine growing areas. The grapes come from vineyards in Medrano, Barrancas and Lulunta in Mendoza, situated at 900 -1,000 metres above sea level. The climate here is semi-desert with hot days and cool nights which help the aromatic development of the grapes.
Aside from their vineyard in Luján de Cujo, they are working very closely with Pedro Parra (widely regarded as the South American expert on soil and vineyard mapping) in order to identify the best locations to grow their grapes. Digging and probing each corner of Mendoza, they brought to light the singular aspects of outstanding sites, and aim to reveal their distinct characters through their wines.