- Vineyard Area: 90 ha.
- Varieties Cultivated: Pinot Grigio, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon
- Country: Argentina
- Winemaker: José Ponce and Miguel Navarro
Since Malbec was first brought to Argentina from France in 1868 by French agronomist Michel Pouget, it has found its true home in Mendoza. Malbecs from Luján de Cuyo, the western part of the province, are thought to be among the greatest, growing in the foothills of the Andes on mineral-rich alluvial soils. One of Argentina’s best-known enologists, Adriano Senetier identified this sub-region’s high-altitude vineyard of Villa Rosa as exceptional for producing concentrated and vibrant grapes, and in 1997 he founded the winery and named the wines Inacayal after a legendary 19th century Patagonian chief. The grapes come from the Villa Rosa vineyard, in the town of Luján de Cuyo at 1,020 meters above sea level at the foot of the Andes Mountains usually referred to as the “Birthplace of Malbec”.
Periodic pruning ensure a low yields and consequently a high enological quality of the grapes which is then translated into the wine. In 2010, Viniterra was bought by Cepas Argentinas, owned by the Gancia family, who were also attracted to the terroir’s capacity for producing fine wines. The Gancias hired winemaker José Ponce, whose experience working for many well-known wineries has given him an appreciation for gentle, Old World-style vinifications. José also serves as a professor of Enology at the winemaking school in Mendoza. Today Adriano remains the grower and José and his boss Miguel Navarro are in charge of the winemaking at the Domaine.