Top four Argentine winemakers to watch

Maricruz Antolin, Bodega Krontiras

Antolin is the winemaker at Bodega Krontiras, an organic and biodynamic winery based in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza. She was praised in the Malbec Report for producing “fresh, fruity, delicate and Malbecs, in spite of the lack of sulphites”.

While the Krontiras Malbec 2017 and 2018 didn’t make the top 50 list (though her Natural Malbec 2018 does), the Malbec Report notes that Antolin’s approach to the grape “has always been fascinating”.

Antolin hails from a winemaking family – her father, Chivo Antolin, was a renowned producer of sparkling wine. Known for her impulsive and experimental flair, when db met her in July this year, she had just produced her first orange wine made form Chardonnay, with 40% of the grapes used fermented on their skins.

Admitting that she didn’t know how it would turn out, she explained how she’d put a “lasagne of crushed and whole grapes” into a barrel, before rolling it.

Her Natural Malbec, which achieved 26th place in the top 50 lists, is the cheapest wine on the list.

Established in 2004, and building its first winery in 2008, Bodega Krontiras represents the first Greek investment in the Argentine wine industry. Owned by Greece-born Constantinos Krontiras and his Argentine wife, Silvina Macipe-Krontiras, the producer achieved Demeter certification in 2012, making it the first in Mendoza to process organic and biodynamic grapes in its own certified winery.

2 Responses to “Top four Argentine winemakers to watch”

  1. melanie hoyt says:

    Who produces high-altitude red wines? Thanks. melanie hoyt

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