It is not uncommon to think that the wine is born in the grape, but the altitude and the piece of land from which it comes are essential elements that affect the end result.
Isasmendi Winery's vineyards are 2400 meters above sea level, at the foot of the magnificent Nevado de Cachi mountains. This makes it one of the highest wineries in the Calchaquí Valley, Argentina and the world. The place's climate is dry, with long summers and scarce rainfall. The deep, sandy-loam soil, with gravel and lose stones, is arid but extremely fertile.
The altitude confers some characteristics which are unique in the world. High altitudes offer more and better solar radiation, which is reflected in hotter days and colder nights. This is known as the "holy temperature range", which creates an ideal climate to grow grapes. At high altitudes, the wind cleans the air, vegetation grows healthy due to the lack of pesticides, rainfall is uncommon, the soil is poorer and rocky, and the snowmelt-water from the mountains purifies it all.
In our vineyards, we use an ecoagricultural method (biodynamic approach), in which only vegetal and mineral substances are used to maintain a balance as well as a comprehensive development. It regards the soil and plants as a system based on self-nutrition, which needs, where possible, no foreign intervention. The grapevines are mainly Malbec, Torrontés, Cabernet Sauvignon and, to a lesser extent, Tannat, Merlot, Syrah and even local grapes from the region, most of them found in this terroir.
"Water, sky and soil: the nature of the birth place
can be found in the soul of the wine."