The history of the property stretches back to Jesuit settlers who established the Estancia San José in the mid 17th Century, essentially an early Uco Valley farming enterprise. A village soon grew here and the original Estancia Atamisque was built. Now owned by a Frenchman, John Du Monceau, and his wife, Chantal, whose grandfather had been a winemaker in Burgundy, the modern winery has quickly become a visual icon of the region for its beautiful slate roof, crafted in the architectural style of the French and Italian Alps. The business end of the operation is overseen by another Frenchman and seasoned wine professional, Jean-Edouard de Rochebouët.The keywords here are elegance and complexity. The vision is to make wines that absolutely reflect their unique terroir, from estate owned vineyards of some 70 hectares. Where some wineries excel with concentration, Atamisque offers a deft touch and a finesse that we are very tempted to associate with very fine wines from the Old World, specifically France. The French connection comes not only from the owners, you see, but from a winemaking sensibility that nurtures varietal character in balance with its provenance.
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