As the year comes to close, the SoloContigo team looks back to note some exciting milestones since breaking ground on a new winery in the Uco Valley on October 1st, 2014. The collaboration between Mendoza’s esteemed Bórmida and Yanzon architects and designers, Creative PMO project managers, and head winemaker, German Paez, facilitates Terry and Noel Neelands’ vision to a progressive reality.
The lead architect, Eliana Bórmida, defines the architectural concept of SoloContigo’s new winery in reference to four main premises:
Functionality – To create a space that optimizes gravity flow and sustainable winemaking techniques.
Landscape – To achieve a full integration with the Andean nature, it’s climate and surrounding vineyards.
Experiential flow between interior and outdoor spaces – To connect wine, art, and leisure for optimal enjoyment of visitors through different mediums.
Design – To express a unique identity connected to the vision of Terry and Noel Neelands.
The project kick-off meeting in November 2014 brought the SoloContigo project team leadership to the construction site to discuss design and construction evolvement, schedule expectations, and production capacity details. A follow-up Phase II team meeting will be held in January to discuss ongoing progress. The team meets every week on site and at Mendoza offices to monitor and control the project. Project manager, Mauricio Garay, provides notable facts and schedule expectations for the winery’s construction:
The winery is expected to start production in March 2015, with the total capacity amounting to 100,000 liters. At the moment, the fermentation tanks, which are made out of stainless steel, wood, and concrete, as well as French oak barrels, are on their way to the Uco Valley thanks to German Paez’s collaboration. The construction team works to complete the ceiling placement on the first cava this week, which will give us the space necessary to start setting up for 2015 harvest and production.
SoloContigo’s project team anticipates an exciting year ahead with completion set for December 2015. Stay tuned for more updates as SoloContigo moves into Phase II!