Tag: Malbec

SoloContigo Winery – Sneak Peak!

SoloContigo’s construction project team put their final touches on the new winery in the Uco Valley, Argentina, this month. A sneak peak at the final design and experiential flow amplifies the anticipation of the winery opening in May 2016.

The winery showcases the architecture and design expertise of the local group, Bormida and Yanzon Architects, known for their ability to design contemporary buildings that tie into the natural landscape. Owners, Noel and Terry Neelands worked closely with the team throughout the project’s lifecycle to incorporate their passion for wine, art and design into the final product.

The contrast between the rugged Andean landscape, visible through the floor-to-ceiling windows that surround the tourism area, and the bright-colored, yet warm and inviting furniture of the tasting room, invites the senses to indulge. The provocative artwork from the gallery combined with the retro, blues, or jazz music playing over the surround sound system also sets the stage for what is sure to be a wine tasting experience unlike any other.

SoloContigo seeks to invite visitors to stay a while and experience the remote surroundings. Guests may also choose to taste wine in one of the outdoor cabanas or patio spaces. The uninterrupted views of the Andes mountains, landscaped gardens, and malbec vineyards surrounding the property inspire tranquility and relaxation. For a more elegant tasting, take a trip downstairs to the romantically-lit, underground cave that not only houses the barreled wine, but also the glass enclosed tasting area, complete with a long hand crafted wood tasting table and ornate, low-hanging chandelier.

Stay tuned for opening news and harvest 2016!

2015 Harvest Report “First Crush”

2015 HarvestThe SoloContigo winery team successfully completed its inaugural harvest in the newly constructed production nave in the Uco Valley. The new nave contains three different types of tanks: cement, stainless steel, and oak. Each style of tank will uniquely modify and advance the profiles of Solo Contigo’s 2015 vintage throughout the year.

Once again, SoloContigo harvested grapes from the company’s estate vineyards as well as the famous sub-region of AltaMira within the Uco Valley, two premium and super premium growing regions located at higher altitudes of 2800 ft (850m) – 3600 ft (1200m) at the base of the Andes Mountains. The high daytime temperatures and low nighttime temperatures paired with the unique soil makeup of the region (clay and rock based with a stony and sandy surface) directly affects the stress and yields on the grapes during the growing season.

2015 HarvestThe region experienced abnormal rainfall late in the season, which immediately challenged German and the team. The first bins of Malbec grapes touched the new sorting table the second week of March and continued to be sorted, de-stemmed, and crushed through late April, with the juice being gravity fed into one of the three different types of tanks. Unlike traditional winemaking, there is no use of pumps or mechanical force applied during the initial stages of the winemaking process, which enables the wine to extract color, flavor and tannin.

German collaborated with the harvest helpers to harvest super premium Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and premium Malbec. By the third week of April, the team began pressing the first batch to begin primary fermentation. By May, the winery held 76,925 liters of fresh juice, which will continue to ferment and age in the new winery in the months to come. The SoloContigo team looks forward to sharing the next vintage only with you!

SoloContigo Supports Art Basel, Miami

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The SoloContigo wine team had a fantastic week during Art Basel 2014. Our sponsorship of the SoHo Beach House Art Basel tent was a great success with SoloContigo Torrontes being one of only two white wines available by the glass for celebrities and their guests throughout the week. The final evening at the Soho Beach tent featured Win Butler from Arcade Fire spinning electronic music in collaboration with live bongo players.

We also sponsored an Art + Vision with Cirle at the historic Moore Building in the Design District, which was attended by 85 VIP Art Basel visitors. Guests sipped exclusively on SoloContigo Premium Malbec and Torrontes.

Our owners showed support to our clients during their visit to Miami by dining at each of the following restaurants and hotels, all of which carry SoloContigo wine: Porfirio’s, MC Kitchen, La Gloutonnerie, The Dutch at the W Hotel, Soho Beach House, Cecconi’s, La Mar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Oak Tavern, Meat Market, 27 Restaurant and Bar, EDITION Hotel, and The Thompson Hotel.

We look forward to growing from our experience at Art Basel to continue supporting the efforts of the artists and galleries that contribute to the diverse and ever-changing international art community!

Cheers!

SoloContigo Welcomes Chef Jamie DeRosa Onboard

The gourmet fare of award-winning chef Jamie DeRosa found new wine pairings onboard the yacht SoloContigo in April, at a special event hosted by SoloContigo Wine. Digest Miami  introduced the first edition of its Tastemakers Dinner Series aboard the vessel, in celebration of the one-year anniversary of Tongue & Cheek restaurant, where DeRosa is both owner and head chef.

The Tastemakers Dinner series is an invite-only event bringing together key influencers in business, culinary, philanthropic and social circles for a monthly cocktail reception and dining experience. Each dinner is hosted at a secret location that is only revealed 24 hours prior to the event.

Chef DeRosa conjured a menu of five courses, which were paired with a selection of Solo Contigo wines. For instance, the entree was a tender short rib, accompanied by couscous, house-made cucumber yoghurt and harissa. It was paired with SoloContigo’s French oak-aged Colección Malbec 2010, which has a 90-point rating by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate.

“It was beyond successful,” said national sales and marketing director Chris Ladas, reflecting on how well the meal was received, and how guests lingered through the warm evening on the SoloContigo yacht. They stayed to share stories with Noel and Terry Neelands, owners of the vessel and of SoloContigo Wine. SoloContigo produces a selection of premium wines in Argentina.

Four Silvers for SoloContigo at Vegas Wholesalers Show

Four varietals from the SoloContigo collection left the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Annual Expo in Las Vegas in early April with silver medals around their slim necks.

The four vintages — the Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Chardonnay 2012, Reserva 2010 and Premium Malbec 2011 — were part of the inventory that SoloContigo showcased to wholesale buyers at the show.

A record number of suppliers, service providers and wholesalers came to the WSWA exposition and conference, April 8 to 10 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. There were, for instance, 60 to 70 Malbecs from Argentina alone. The WSWA is the national trade association representing the wholesale tier of the wine and spirits industry in the U.S., with member firms totalling 80% of the wine/spirits market in the country.

The four SoloContigo wines earned their honours at the show’s Wine & Spirits Tasting Competition. Judging for the competition was managed by The Tasting Panel magazine, one of the most widely circulated trade publications in the beverage industry.

“It was a great show, we made a lot of contacts, and we’re moving the brand across the country,” said Chris Ladas, national sales and marketing director for SoloContigo.

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