Tag: Uco Valley

Autiq Grand Prix Visit to the SoloContigo Winery

One week after the grand opening, Autiq, a company dedicated to designing luxury car tours for vintage sport car aficionados, brought the annual classic car rally to SoloContigo’s doorstep.

A fun time was had by all on this spectacular day in the Uco Valley, Argentina. Check out some of the rally footage below and be sure to visit Autiq’s chic website here.

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!