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SoloContigo Adds Art to Winery Experience

SoloContigo Adds Art To Winery Experience

Plans for a ground breaking winery that features a premium art gallery and subterranean barrel room have been approved for construction by SoloContigo Wines of Mendoza. Work on the new winery is now underway, with February 2015 forecast as the completion date.

Award-winning architectural firm Bormida and Yanzon of Mendoza was contracted to design the new winery. It is responsible for setting new standards in the creation of distinctive, modern wineries in this renowned wine region of Argentina.

Blueprints for the SoloContigo winery include a tasting room with spectacular floor-to-ceiling views of the vineyards and the nearby Andes mountains. The gallery is a unique inclusion that will showcase works by international artists. Argentine artists will also be featured, and the mediums represented will encompass sculpture, paint, photography and more.

“We believe this will be a distinctive addition to the Mendoza winery community, combining the art experience with the art of winemaking,” said Noel Neelands, president of SoloContigo Wines.

The SoloContigo winery will be built within a winery village in Mendoza. Mendoza has been recognized as one of the world’s top destinations for winery tourism, with an increasingly popular tour route that draws wine enthusiasts from around the globe.

SoloContigo Wines is ideally positioned to welcome these visitors. They will have the opportunity to sample wines from the entire portfolio of SoloContigo vintages. These include a 2010 Reserva and 2010 Coleccion; plus a 2011Premium Malbec, 2011 Torrontes and 2011 Sauvignon Blanc.

Arriving in the marketplace soon will be a 2011 Reserva and 2011 Coleccion; plus a 2012 Premium Malbec, 2012 Torrontes, 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay and 2012 Sauvignon Blanc.

SoloContigo is a boutique winery in the Uco Valley south of Mendoza, producing exclusive lines ofpremium and super premium wines.

Robert Parker, InterVin Awards for SoloContigo Wines

SoloContigo Wines of Mendoza, Argentina has already established a record for winning awards of excellence.

Now the boutique winery is building on that record with titles earned at the InterVin International Wine Awards in the fall of 2013. There, two SoloContigo vintages were recognized. Silver medals went to the 2011 SoloContigo Premium Series Torrontes and 2011 Premium Series Malbec.

Also, new ratings by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gives a ranking of 90 to the 2010 Coleccion Series. A score of 90 describes wines of exceptional say the Wine Advocate.

Last year, the 2010 Reserva Series and 2010 Coleccion Series garnered silver medals at the InterVin International Wine Awards.

SoloContigo is a boutique winery in the Uco Valley south of Mendoza, producing exclusive lines of premium and super premium wines.

These wines are distributed throughout the United States and Ontario, Canada.

Top Shelf Ratings for Two SoloContigo Wines

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, August 2013Two SoloContigo wines have recently been awarded “Top Shelf” status by Wine Enthusiast magazine, after being reviewed by the editors of the popular magazine.

The 2010 SoloContigo Malbec Reserva and 2010 SoloContigo Malbec Coleccion were given a “92” rating, earning them inclusion in the Wine Enthusiast “Top Shelf” targeted email blast. This is sent to 20,000-plus wine consumers. The 92 rating indicates that both SoloContigo wines are of exceptional quality and character.

The Top Shelf email is sent once per week, and each features up to four labels – Best Buy, Editors Choice, Cellar Selection and 90-plus rated wines. All wines also appear on the Wine Enthusiast searchable database at www.winemag.com

2013 Harvest Report

Mendoza Saludos

 

2013 HarvestThe harvest season is underway in Mendoza, and the work continues as the Argentine fall serves up a mixture of cool and warm days.

Week two focused on the harvest of Torrontes, Chardonnay and Pinor Noir grapes. Cooler weather prevailed through much of the week, but by the weekend sunny days had arrived, bringing temperatures close to 27°C in the daytime.

Week three was dedicated to the harvest of Merlot grapes, and the workers were able to bring in nearly all of those grapes from the vineyard. Francisco and his team are really happy with the Merlot this year, and they say the number of kilos being harvested is slightly more than originally forecast.

2013 HarvestThe week ended with cloudy, cool days and some rain, which has delayed the harvest in week four. However, Pablo says the cloudy days help the grapes retain a nice freshness and fruit expression. These conditions are all very normal for this time of the year.