Top 10 Argentine winemakers to watch

Santiago Mayorga, Nieto Senetiner

santiagoIn 2013, 33-year-old winemaker Santiago Mayorga moved from boutique Mendel producing 180,000 bottles a year to Nieto Senetiner producing 18 million bottles a year. “For me this was like moving to a big city, to Manhattan!” says Mayorga about the change. “Although there’s always bureaucracy in a big company, I decided I needed to relax and start marking the details.” Since then Moyorga has already introduced a shift in style and some attractive details: reducing the oak impact (from 24 months to 18 months in the Cadus lines), harvesting a bit earlier and focusing on a new appellation series. While red remains the winery’s strong point, Mayorga is introducing a new emphasis on its whites, bringing in a top level Chardonnay in the Cadus range and introducing a bright Sauvignon Blanc in the entry-level Emilia line. His speciality though is Semillon, a grape he worked with for many years at Mendel and one of the oldest varieties in Argentina. Semillon has moved into obscurity in Argentina, with a bare handful of producers working with the variety. However Mayorga saw the potential of one of Nieto Senetiner’s 50-year-old Semillon vineyards and has just launched the very first white DOC wine in Argentina, which sells at just £6. Mayorga is steering one of the most traditional Argentine producers in a new direction, and navigating such a large boat will undoubtedly create a ripple effect in the near future.

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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