Top 10 Argentine winemakers to watch

Matias Michelini, Passionate Wine & Super Uco

Matias-M-otherPerhaps the most radical of Argentina’s winemakers, Matias Michelini was fondly known as “the green Michelini” for years, and his colourful winemaking still makes him the compelling anti-hero of the Argentine wine scene. Pioneering a lean wine style with often electric acidity, Michelini has been at the forefront of Uco Valley winemaking and in particular Gualtallary’s development over the last decade or so. Although still consulting to larger projects, including Finca Sophenia and Zorzal, it is in his own experimental passion project – Passionate Wine – where he is making waves. As a firm believer in biodynamic viticulture, Passionate Wine very much starts in the vineyard and almost invariably ends in concrete. The ever-growing collection includes an exuberantly aromatic, bone-dry orange wine (Torrontés Brutal), a 40-day co-ferment of Malbec and Cabernet Franc from eight harvests (Demente), and a Pinot Noir fermented in a large, refurbished oak vat that in a previous life was a dog house. “I take lots of risks when I make wine, and I lose all the time, but it is all part of the game,” says Michelini. “It is an exquisite exercise. I want to make wines without rules, and without limits.” Perhaps the only winemaker in the country who has a problem with Argentina’s regulatory board for having too little alcohol in his wines – his neighbours struggle to keep below 15% abv – Michelini’s belief is that the best balance and expression of the Uco Valley’s mountain wines is through earlier harvests and zero correction in the winery. With minimal intervention and non-mechanised, artisan techniques (his young children are often deployed to crush grapes), Michelini strips away all the smoke from the winemaking process and shows us that the true magic is in the vineyard. Rule-breaking, opinion-splitting and making some of the most original wines to come out of Argentina, Michelini is one to keep your eye on.

3 Responses to “Top 10 Argentine winemakers to watch”

  1. Andres says:

    And how about Rodolfo OPI Sadler? He is one fo the most multi awarded winemakers in Argentina and succesful in UK. Much more than 90 % journalist mentions. Big mistake folks!!

  2. Astor says:

    Claramente… Falta Bernie

  3. Sebastian Alan says:

    BRENNAN FIRTH OF CEPAS ELEGIDAS SHOULD DEFINITELY BE ON YOUR LIST.

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