Estate: The Zuccardi family has been making wine in Mendoza since 1963, when Alberto Zuccardi planted his first vines. Now in his 90’s, Alberto is known as a pioneering force in both Mendoza and the Uco Valley. Today, the multiple estate vineyards and winery are headed by Alberto’s son, José, along with José’s eldest son, Sebastián, and daughter, Julia [the 3rd generation].
The family believes in caring for the land and “using people rather than machines whenever possible”. Many of the families that worked with the company under Alberto’s leadership are still with the estate today. With over 800 hectares of vineyards, the family focuses on “coexisting with nature without damaging it”. Preservation of biodiversity is greatly important; more than 70 hectares are woods, over 1800 species of native flora are preserved, and biological corridors have been created. Chemical products are not used at all, the vineyards are farmed sustainably and organically, with 35% currently certified organic. Sustainable methods, including a comprehensive recycling program, composting of must and skins, and solar energy are utilized in the cellar.
‘Serie A’ stands for “Argentina Series” and was created as a means of expressing the “most representative grape varieties by recognizing the best growing regions specific to each and selecting top vineyard sites along the foothills of the Andes Mountains.” The Serie A line “demonstrates the richness and diversity of Argentina’s many micro-climates and soils”.
Philosophy: “The word ‘family’ is central to the way in which we have always run our business.”
Winemaking: Grapes are from the Cafayate vineyard in Salta. Cold fermented and aged on the lees for 6 months.
Tasting Notes: Light gold in colour, very aromatic with apple, peach, white flowers, lemon, honey and chalky minerals. A beam of bright acidity highlights pear, apple and a trace of sweet herbs. Pink grapefruit zest and saline minerals linger on the dry, zippy finish. Super refreshing and pure, fantastic on its own or with light dishes.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Great as aperitif and a perfect match for Asian food, fish dishes and fresh salads.
Bottled by Familia Zuccardi
$15 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2019
Sample submitted for editorial consideration.