Bodega y Cavas de Weinert
Founded in 1975 by Bernardo C. Weinert, Bodega y Cavas de Weinert is located in Mendoza, Argentina. The estate vineyards are located in the regions of Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu and Tupungato. The vines are 25-100 years old and are planted at 3,000-4,000 feet to well-draining, sandy and rocky soils. The varieties planted at the estate are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gamay, Chenin Blanc and Tempranillo.
Winemaker Hubert Weber follows a minimalist approach to winemaking. The grapes are fermented in cement vats and then aged neutral, large oak of Slovenian or French origin. The reds are aged for 2-4 years but the Estrella wines – cask selections ‒ are aged much longer. The 1977 Estrella Malbec matured for 19 years in oak cask before it was bottled. Due to their size and relative neutrality, the casks don’t impart any oaky influence.
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Year Founded: 1975
Proprietors: Bernardo C. Weinert
Winemaker: Hubert Weber
Terroir: The soil types found in the vineyard from which Bodegas Weinert selects grapes are mostly fast-draining, sandy and rocky soils with a high mineral content. Average rainfall is around 240 mm (9.5 inches) annually, and the altitude ranges from 850 to 1,100 meters (2,788 to 3,700 feet) above sea level. During harvest, temperatures vary from 35°C (95°F) during the day to 14°C (57°F) at night.
Annual Production: 65,000 cases/450,000 bottles
Varieties Cultivated: Predominately Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. In some years wines are produced from Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gamay, Bonarda, Syrah, Tempranillo & Cabernet Franc.
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